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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

The Earl of Selborne,

LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR OF GREAT BRITAIN,

THIS WORK

I8,

WITH HIS LORDSHIP'S KIND PERMISSION,

MOST RESPECTFULLY

DEDICATED.

EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE TO THE

FIRST EDITION.

The author has long noticed the want, on the part of many of the candidates whom he has had the honour of preparing for the Final Examination of the Incorporated Law Society, of that acquaintance with the provisions of even the more important Acts of Parliament, which is, and most justly, expected by the Examiners. This state of things is antecedently probable. To wade through the Statutes at large is a task upon which very few students would dare to venture, or should they be so bold, they would probably ere long find themselves in the position of the “cat in the tripe shop,” and “not know where to choose."

To endeavour to supply a want which every student of our law must feel, this attempt has therefore been made, and the author has been much encouraged by the fact that the idea of the work has been approved of by several of the Examiners of the Incorporated Law Society, and by the Examiners in English Law of some of the leading Universities.

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