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OFFICE OF SURROGATE,

AND

EXECUTORS' AND ADMINISTRATORSY

GUIDE:

CONTAINING THE WHOLE

ECCLESIASTICAL LAW,

AND
PRACTICE OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK.

-ALSO

AN ENTIRE NEW SET OF FORMS, ADAPTED TO ALL CASES OF PRACTICE IN THE

SURROGATE COURTS,

TO BE USED BY THE

SURROGATE, ATTORNEY, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, GUARDIANS

AND

IN APPLICATION FOR DOWER.)

BY T. ATTWOOD BRIDGEN,

SURROGATE OF ALBANY.

ALBANY.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY G. J. LOOMIS. :

SOLD ALSO BY WEBSTERS AND SKINNERS, W. C. LITTLE,

AND O. STELE, ALBANI...

1830.

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Northern District of New York, ss.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the 8th day of December, in the L ove 54th year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D.

1829, T. ATTWOOD BRIDGEN, of the said district, bath deposited in this

office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the I words following, to wit : “ The Office of Surrogate, and Executors' and Administrators' Guide: containing the whole Ecclesiastical Law, and Practice of the state of New-York. Also, an entire new set of Forms, adapted to all cases of Practice in the Surrogate courts, to be used by the Surrogate, Attorney, Executors, Administrators, Guardians, and in application for Dower. By T. ATTWOOD BRIDGEN, Surrogate of Albany."

In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States, entitled, “An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” And also to the act, entitled “An act supplementary to an act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”

· R. R. LANSING, Clerk Of the District court of the United States for the Northern District of New-York.

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The Legislature of the State of New York has at length settled, by statute, „the powers, duties, and jurisdiction of the Surrogate. It is supposed, that there is now no common law to regulate the practice of the Surrogate Court, or the liabilities and responsibilities of Executors and Administrators: all must look into the new revised statutes, for the regulation of their conduct in Ecclesiastical matters.

Much improvement has been made in the system, many new powers given to the Surrogate, the whole law reduced to writing, and no discretion given out of the written law.

Time alone will determine the wisdom of the measure; and, although the author of the following treatise has the fullest confidence in its general

utility, still, believing that uniformity of practice in the fifty Courts, will prove the great lever which must raise the Colossus of the Revisers to its appropriate and merited station among the improvements of the age and insure its perpetuity, he appears, once more, before the public with his offering of assistance.

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The rapid sale and extensive circulation of his last work, with all its imperfections, have convinced him of the actual wants of the community, and have spurred him to another effort, more worthy (as he hopes) of patronage, and not less acceptable to the public.

The author does not claim the peculiar merit of originality for his labors; but is urged by gratitude for the many kind wishes and solicitations of his professional brethren, and particularly the Surrogates, and the acknowledged wants of the community, to submit for their inspection and adoption, (if deemed worthy) this second edition of his Office of Surrogate.

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