from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer, or one of a board of officers, whose duty it is to require and supervise the erection and maintenance of boundary-fences between adjoining owners, or along the highway, when called upon to do so by any party in interest.
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Impersonating a town sealer, auctioneer, corder of wood, or a fence-viewer is against the law.
And, besides, Mr. Solomon Rapid contended that all offices, from president down to fence-viewer, were open to every white American citizen; and that every republican had a blood-bought right to seek any that struck his fancy; and if the profits were less, or the duties more onerous than had been anticipated, that a man ought to resign and try another.
The fence-viewer decides the matter, and charges a small fee for his services.
"I began a tremendous political career during the election, having made two stump speeches of an hour and a half each, -- after you went away, -- one in Dedham town-hall and one in Jamaica Plain, with such eminent success that many invitations came to me from the surrounding villages, and if I had continued in active political life I might have risen to be vote-distributor, or fence-viewer, or selectman, or hog-reeve, or something of the kind."