Inn, a place appointed for the reception and entertainment of travellers.
The Inns of this country are under admirable regulations, which, if properly enforced, would prevent many iniquitous practices carried on by inn-keepers. These persons are licensed by justices of the peace, and are obliged to enter into recognizances for the maintenance of good order. Thus, if an inn-keeper refuse to receive a traveller into his house as a guest, or to furnish him with necessaries, on his offering a reasonable price, the former is liable to an action for damages, and may be indicted at the King's suit.
In case any inn-holder refuse to sell his hay, oats, etc. he is liable to fine and imprisonment, by the 21 Jac. I. c. 21. And if any guest lose property in such a house, an action may be brought against the keeper of the inn for its recovery, or the adequate value.
There are various other regulations, which are equally advantageous to the landlord, who is justified in seizing the horse, or other article belonging to his guest, for the reckoning, till the debt is paid. And if a person leave his horse in the stable of an inn, the keeper may deta.n it till the owner pay the expence occasioned by feeding it: should the animal, however, con-sume as much provender as is eqaal to his value, upon a fair appraisement, the landlord is empowered to sell it, and reimburse himself.