. 12 Car. 2, c. 19, §1 (1660). The warrant so issued enabled the holder
“with the assistance of a sheriff, justice of peace or constable, to enter into any
house in the day-time where such goods are suspected to be concealed, and in case
of resistance to break open such houses, and to seize and secure the same goods so
concealed; and all officers and ministers of Justice are hereby required to be aiding
and assisting thereunto.”
The Act limited entries under it to one month after the offense was supposed to have
been committed and gave any party injured by a false information an action of trespass
against the informer. Id.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.