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ON TIE

LAWS OF ENGLAND,

IN FOUR BOOKS.

BY

SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, KNT.

ONE OF THE JUHTICES OF US MAESTTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.

WITH

TK TID FROM THE EDITIONS OF ARCHBOLD, CHRISTIAN, COLERIDGE, CHITTY, STEWART,

KERR, AND OTHERS,

BARRON FIELD'S ANALYSIS,

AND

Additional Notes, and a Life of the Author,

BY

GEORGE SHARSWOOD,
PROFESSOR OF THE INSTITUTES OF LAW IN THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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PHILADELPHIA:
CHILDS & PETERSON, 602 ARCI STREET,

1860.

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PREFACE BY THE AMERICAN EDITOR.

Tur present edition of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone is keen prepared with especial reference to the use of American law$:. The main object of the notes, selected and original, has been to a trect any statement in itself erroneous, and to explain what might be a caied to mislead. In some cases where the text appeared to pass chez uportant topics, they have been introduced in order to render the bork with plete as an institute of legal education. Besides the editions of Ar. Wild, Christian, and Chitty, which have been republished in this Darkry, the editor has drawn largely upon the valuable notes of Mr. J.Ge Coleridge. The late English editions by James Stewart and Best Malcolm Kerr-in which all the recent alterations by statutes Die kern referred to and incorporated —have been freely used, and an aids. Lal nute will be found from the late abridgment of Blackstone by 8anzel Warren; and the attention of the student is especially called to the Lutes added to the last chapter of the work, on the rise, progress, and radial improvement of the laws of England, for valuable sketches by Citilge, John William Smith, Stewart, Warren, and Kerr, of the latest les tuents, to which the American editor has ventured to add some numarks upon American jurisprudence. Barron Field's Analysis-a most pract aid to the student in the work of self-examination-has been abied at the end. On the whole, it is hoped that this edition—the fruit of such care and toil, as much in rejecting (which does not appear) as - adopting (which does)-may meet the approbation of the profession Ai the public.

G. S. Prestlynia, June, 1859.

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