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he then sent it to press, and about one-third of it was printed before the Rules of Hilary Term, 1853, were promulgated. Those Rules, however, affected various portions of the text; and although it might have been possible, by means of corrigenda and otherwise, to make what had been printed available, it was thought better to sacrifice what had been done, and commence anew with the proper corrections in the text; and accordingly that course was adopted, and the book is now presented to the profession as containing the law on the subject as it exists at the present time.

The author would not think it necessary to refer to the labour involved in the preparation of the work, were it not that he desires to acknowledge the valuable assistance which he has latterly received in its production, from his friend Mr. J. E. Davis, of the Oxford Circuit.


14th November, 1853.


P. 250.- Since this part of the work was printed, the Statute

16 & 17 Vict. c. 107, has been passed, and ss. 313–322 of that Act have been substituted for the corresponding provisions of the 8 & 9 Vict. c. 87.

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