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THE RIGHT OF PROPERTY
THE SOIL AND SHORES THEREOF.
: REVISED, CORRECTED, AND MUCH ENLABGED.
CHARLES C. LITTLE AND JAMES BROWN.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847,
By J. K. ANGELL, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Rhode Island.
31 Devonshire Street.
THE principal authority which has long been quoted and relied upon, relating to the subject of this work, is the Treatise De Jure Maris, published by Mr. Hargrave in his collection of Law Tracts, and ascribed by him (upon apparently sufficient authority, it has been considered*) to Lord Hale. His chapter upon this subject is preliminary to his principal design, which was to treat, De Portibus Maris, or of ports and customs. The production is obviously the result of very great research, and embodies many very ancient and important precedents. On this account, and also on account of the author's uncommon qualifications as a lawyer, his treatise has been received as a text-book, both in England and in this country.
In the year 1830, there was published in London “An Essay on the Rights of the Crown, and the Privileges of
* See Preface to Hall on the Rights to the Sea, &c. The work ascribed to Lord Hale is not contained in the schedule of manuscript books bequeathed by him in his will to the Society of Lincoln's Inn,“ to be bounded in leather and chained, and kept in archives." See Life of Hale, by Runnington, prefixed to Hale's Hist. of the Com. Law. He was born in 1609.