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A TABULAR AND GENERAL INDEX.
PRINTED FOR, AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF,
D. J. DAVISON,
SIR JOHN SOMERSET PAKINGTON, BART., M. P.,
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF STATE
FOR THE COLONIES.
LAWS OF GRENADA,
WITH HIS PERMISSION,
BY HIS FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,
THAMES DITTON, SURREY,
10th December, 1852.
In offering to the Public a new Edition of the Laws of Grenada, it may be expected that the publication should be accompanied by some explanation of the circumstances under which it was undertaken.
2. The Government of Grenada, as may be seen from the Royal Proclamation of October, 1763, comprehended the Island of that name, together with the Grenadines, and the Islands of Dominica, Saint Vincent and Tobago, which were presided over by a Governor-in-Chief, who, in the Statutes, is styled the Governor-in-Chief of the Southern Charibbee Islands of Grenada, the Grenadines, Dominica, Saint Vincent and Tobago; but in each Colony, there existed a separate Council and Assembly, the Legislative Assembly of Grenada, where the Governor-in-Chief resided, being the first formed.
3. Little of the early Legislation of the Colony is now in force, and there was a complete interruption of Legislative proceedings from the year 1779, when the Island was captured by the French, until its restoration to the Crown of Great Britain, when the English Government was re-established, by Proclamation, on the 10th of January, 1784.
4. An edition of the Laws, passed by the Legislature of the Colony from the first cession of the Island to the Crown of Great Britain, in 1763, to the year 1805, was published by Chief Justice SMITH, to whose talents and industry respect was rendered by the passing of an Act which made his printed collection of the Laws legal evidence in all the local courts. The earliest Act printed in that collection is dated in the year 1766, and, as remarked by him, the first trace of a regular established English Government which appears on record, is in January of the preceding year.
5. The period of 1805 was chosen by Chief Justice Smith, for concluding his work, because an Act was passed by the Colonial Legislature, directing that all Statutes should thenceforth be regularly entered and recorded in the Secretary's office, in a Book to be kept for that purpose, which has been since complied with ; and, from which Book, the Chief Justice augured that some future compiler might commence a new series.
6. Mr. Smith's work having become scarce, another Edition of the Laws was published in the year 1830, by Mr. ALEXANDER MCOMBIE, with notes of reference, and an analytical Index, under the superintendence of the late