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PERKINS, Jonathan Cogswell, author, born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, 21 November, 1809" died in Salem, Massachusetts, 12 December, 1877. He was graduated at Amherst in 1842, studied law in the office of Rufus Choate at Salem and at Harvard law-school, and was admitted to the bar in 1885. He practised successfully at Salem for thirteen years, when he became judge of the court of common pleas of Massachusetts. He served in the state senate in 1846-'8, and was an able and voluminous commentator and writer on law subjects. He edited Chitty's "Criminal Law" (3 vols., Boston, 1836)" Chitty on "Contracts" (1839)" Jarman on "Wills" (1845)" Abbot on "Shipping" (1846) ; Daniell's "Chancery Practice" (3 vols.. 1846)" Collyer on "Partnership" (1848)" Angel1 on "Water Courses" (1869); Pickering's "Reports," vols. ii. to x." and wrote "Arbitrations and Awards." He also assisted in editing "Digest of Decisions of the Courts of Common Law and Admiralty" (6 vols., 1854--'6).
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