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TO THE

HONORABLE JOSEPH STORY,

WHO EQUALLY ADORNS AND ILLUSTRATES AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE IN THE SEVERAL

CAPACITIES OF

JUDGE, AUTHOR, AND TEACHER,

IN EACH OF WHICH HE HAS NO SUPERIOR, THE FOLLOWING HUMBLE EFFORT TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR MORE READILY APPRECIATING HIS

VAST AND VARIOUS LABORS,

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY OXE WHO HAS ENJOYED THE GOOD FORTUNE OF BEING HIS

PUPIL AND FRIEND.

PREFACE

TO THE EIGHTH EDITION.

The first three editions, with the notes, were entirely the work of the author. Mr. E. L. PIERCE, author of a Treatise on the Law of Railroads, added notes to the fourth edition. Judge J. BRYANT WALKER, son of the author, made additional notes for the sixth edition; and I added more to the seventh. The text remains as it was left by the author.

The notes added by Mr. Pierce, Judge J. B. Walker, and myself, were enclosed in brackets of different forms, which distinguished the work of each. As those designating marks are omitted in this edition, I have felt at liberty to omit some of the older notes, supplying their place by new matter. Only American decisions were cited by the former editors. Although the work is entitled “ Introduction to American Law,” I have preferred to use also English decisions.

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M. F. FORCE.

CINCINNATI, September, 1882.

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