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cation expressly recognises this treatise as owing its origin to a collection of notes formerly made by Lord Apsley for his own private use.

Mr. Bathurst's book having passed though several editions, was succeeded by a similar work, entitled " A Digest of the Law of Actions and Trials at Nisi Prius," by Mr. Espinasse, of which there have been three editions.

The compiler of the following pages conceived that a treatise, intended as a companion at the sittings in London and Middlesex, and on the circuit, might be cast into a more convenient form than that adopted by either of the former.writers; and that the cases might be abridged with greater accuracy and precision. Under this impression, the Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius was prepared and published in three parts successively, in the years 1806, 1807, and 1808. The second edition is now submitted to the candour of the profession.

The cases which have been decided since the publication of the former impression, and which are inserted under the proper heads; two new chapters on the law relating to partnership, and stoppage in transitu, subjects of considerable importance in the present state of trade and commerce; together with a general index, constitute the principal difference between this and the former edition. A few cases decided by Lord C. J. Raymond (inserted for the first time in the present edition, principally under title Common), have been transcribed from the MSS. of the late Mr. Serjeant Leeds which form a part of Mr. Serjeant Hill's collection, lately purchased by the Society of Lincoln's Inn,

Lincoln's Inn,
Nor. 1809.

A fourth edition has been published since this preface was written.

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