John Bakeless, DANIEL BOONE (New York: W. Morrow & Co., 1939)

<As a magistrate of the Spanish Crown, Daniel Boone dealt justice. He held court under the "Justice Tree" near his cabin. [from endnote: There is some doubt where the Justice Tree was. The site often pointed out near the stone house of Nathan Boone may not be correct, as Boone does not seem to have lived there during his years of office.] Here, in moccasins of buckskin and clothing of buckskin or homespun, the old man heard offenders and awarded penalties according to methods of his own devising. The rules of evidence were of his own devising, too. . . . No regular records were required. He could issue his own decrees and more or less manufacture the law as he went along. There was no one to dispute his judgment. His decision was final, and, as a practical matter, without appeal except in land cases, which had to be referred to the Crown or its representatives.> His principal penalty was the lash, "well laid on." BAKELESS:373


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