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LONGMAN, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMANS.

1840.

STANFORD LAW LIBRARY

THOMS,

PRINTER AND STEREOTYPER, 12, WARWICK SQUARE,

LONDON.

"Albeit beginnings of this studie seem difficult, yet, when the professor of the law can dive into the depth, it is delightful easie and without any heavy burthen, so long as he keep himself in his own proper element.",

Co. Litt.

PREFACE.

SIR WILLIAM JONES has observed, that "the only road to the highest stations in this country, is that of the law :' and, probably, it is to a general conviction of this kind that we owe the multitude of aspirants for its honors and dignities. There is no profession in the country, in whose character and prospects so much interest is felt, and which exercises so important an influence upon our social and political relations. Those who are the most prominent in its ranks are well known to the public, and there are few persons to be met with who are not, more or less, connected with some one belonging to it.

At the bar and on the bench, have been found those,

* Sir E. Coke has given a list of "near two hundred great and noble families, which had even in his time risen by the law."

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