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OF COMMISSIONERS TO TAKE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF DEEDS OR OTHER CONTRACTS, AND DEPOSITIONS IN OTHER STATES.
Section 1. The governor shall have power to appoint one or more commissioners in any of the United States, who shall continue in office during the pleasure of the governor; and shall have authority to take the acknowledgment and proof of the execution of any deed or other conveyance or lease of any lands lying in this state; and of any contract, letter of attorney or any other writing, under seal or not, to be used or recorded in this state.
Section 2. Such acknowledgment or proof, so taken according to the laws of this state, and certified by any such commissioner, under his seal of office annexed to, or indorsed on such instrument, shall have the same force and effect, as if the same had been made before a judge or justice of the peace, or other officer, authorized to perform such acts in this state.
Section 3. Every commissioner appointed as before mentioned, shall have power to administer an oath, which may be lawfully required in this state, to any person willing to take it; and to take and duly certify all depositions to be used in any of the courts of this state, in conformity to the laws thereof, either on interrogatories proposed under commission from a court of this state, or by consent of parties, or on legal notice given to the opposite party; and all such acts shall be as valid, as if done and certified according to law by a magistrate in this state.
Section 4. Every such commissioner, before performing any duty, or exercising any power in virtue of his appointment, shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation before a judge or clerk of one of the superior courts of the state in which such commissioner shall reside, well and faithfully execute and perform all the duties of such a commissioner, under and by virtue of the laws of Maine; which oath and a description of his seal of office, shall be filed in the office of the secretary of this state.
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