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THE

MAGNA CHARTA

AND OTHER

GREAT CHARTERS OF ENGLAND

WITH AN

bistorical Treatise and copious Explanatory Hotes

By

BOYD C. BARRINGTON, Esq., LL.B.

of the Philadelphia Bar

PHILADELPHIA
WILLIAM J. CAMPBELL

1900

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PREFACE.

THERE is certainly no event in the his

tory of England of more importance

and interest, not only to the English theniselves, but to all of the Anglo-Saxon race, than the facts and circumstances, and peculiar historical conditions relating to the granting of the Magna Charta by King John. Surprising as it may seem, it is nevertheless the fact, that there is no other act of similar importance pertaining to any country about which so little has been written and so little is generally known. Sir William Blackstone has said that “there is none that has been transmitted down to us with less accuracy and historical precision." To the average reader the facts relating to the Magna. Charta, as well as the Magna Charta itself, are like a sealed book, absolutely unknown. There is no book of refer

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