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TRE A TI SE
IN TWO VOLUMES.
BY WILLIAM OLDNALL RUSSELL, Esq.
OF LINCOLN'S INN, BARRISTER AT LAW.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
ROBERT LORD GIFFORD,
MASTER OF THE ROLLS,
&c. &c. &c.
Es respectfully Dedicated :
A SMALL TRIBUTE
HIS GREAT PROFESSIONAL ATTAINMENTS;
HIS DESERVED HONOURS ;
THE AMIABLE AND EXCELLENT QUALITIES
DISTINGUISHED AND ADORNED.
A Second Edition of this Treatise has long been delayed by the pressure of professional engagements, and by the changes effected in the criminal laws during several successive sessions of Parliament. It has of course been an object that it should embrace, as far as possible, the statutes of consolidation and improvement, for which the country is so much indebted to the able and judicious exertions of Mr. Peel.
“ The crime of high treason was not originally “ included in the plan of this Work, on account “ of the great additional space which the proper “ discussion of that important subject would have “ occupied ; and because prosecutions for that “crime, happily not frequent, are always so con“ ducted as to give sufficient time to consult the “ highest authorities.” These reasons, which were given in the preface to the first edition, have still been allowed to operate; and the crime of high treason is not, therefore, one of the sub