Editor's Note: At SCOV Law, we focus our efforts on summarizing current SCOV cases as they are issued on a prospective basis. Since our summaries only go back to July 1, 2010, there will always be over two hundred years of decisions that will never get the SCOV Law treatment. Fortunately, Vermont Legal Historian Paul Gillies has volunteered from time-to-time to contribute summaries of some more noteworthy historical cases to our blog. (This is kind of like Shelby Foote volunteering to narrate an amateur Civil War re-enactment.) This is Paul's first entry, and what better place to begin than at the beginning.
by Paul Gillies