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[HN3] The office of Attorney General is an ancient one. It came into being as a necessary adjunct in the administration of the common law of England and was transported to America in the early days of the establishment of government in the colonies as part of their English derived common law. The Rhode Island Supreme Court recognized, as the Pennsylvania court had noted, that with the office of Attorney General came the common-law powers and duties thereof to the extent that they were not abridged by constitutional provision. The Rhode Island constitution did not purport to create such an office but recognized it as existing and provided for continuance of the powers and duties exercised by its occupant prior to the adoption of the constitution.