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AND THE PROPER BOUNDARIES OF LEGISLATION AND
OF JUDICIAL INTERPRETATION.
BY SIR FORTUNATUS DWARRIS, KNT.,
B A, OXFORD, F. B 8., F. S. A
WITH AMERICAN NOTES AND ADDITIONS,
NATIONAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE POWER;
WITH A CHAPTER ON
PARLIAMENTARY LAW AND PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGES.
BY PLATT POTTER, LL. D.,
STATE OF NFW YORK. .
"Optima est la quae minimua ruinquit arbitrio judicis, optimis judot gri minionem atbil"
-Aphorisms, 16, Bacon's Works, vol. vii, p. 148.
L' ALBANY: " .
Em nocording to act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy-ong
BY WILLIAM GOULD & SONS,
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