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John Cotton, 1584-1652. An abstract or the lawes of New England, as they are now printed. London, 1641.

John Cotton presented this work to the Massachusetts General Court in 1636 under the title "Moses His Judicials." Although the published title suggests that the book was the colony's controlling law, the General Court did not enact Cotton's proposed code. It was, however, used as the basis for the law of the New Haven colony in what is now Connecticut.