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And a Concise Statement of the Rules of Law
affecting the Principal Subjects

WITH HISTORICAL AND ETYMOLOGICAL NOTES.

BY

CHARLES SWEET, LL.B.

OF LINCOLN'S INN.

LONDON:

HENRY SWEET, 3, CHANCERY LANE,

Law Publisher.

1882

UK

S

Ru. Oct.11.1883

LONDON :

PRINTED BY C. F. ROWORTH, BREAM'S BUILDINGS,

CHANCERY LANE-E.C.

PREFACE.

(HE object of this Work is sufficiently indicated by its title. The Author believes it will be found that in many cases a Dictionary, from the nature of its arrangement and scope, affords an opportunity of giving a résumé of a subject with a completeness which would not be possible in an ordinary text-book, while it also gives details which would be out of place in an institutional work, such as that of Blackstone. It is therefore hoped that this Dictionary may be found useful by the practitioner as well as the student.

In compiling the Work the Author has relied almost wholly on his own researches. In order to collect the necessary materials, it was necessary to peruse the principal text-books on the various branches of the law, and also the contemporary reports for the last ten years, the period over which the process of collecting materials has (with some unavoidable interruptions) extended. A more difficult task was that of selecting, from the abundant store thus obtained, the matter appropriate to the scheme of the Work. It would have been easier to have made the book nearly twice its present size.

In order to include in the Dictionary as much useful matter as possible without unduly increasing its bulk, all obsolete matter has been omitted, except where it appeared useful to explain the existing law, or to enable the student

to understand expressions used in the earlier reports and textbooks which are still referred to at the present day. An endeavour has been made, by the use of different types, marginal notes, numbered paragraphs, and other typographical devices, to assist the reader in finding his way through the book.

The Addenda contain the principal alterations in the law which have been made during the progress of the Work through the press, including the more important provisions of the new Conveyancing Act. The reader is requested to note up these alterations in their appropriate places in the body of the Dictionary.

The Author's thanks are due to the Bar Association of New York for their courtesy in allowing him the use of their excellent library during a stay of some months in that city; and to his former tutor, Mr. DAVID LYELL, LL.D., of the Inner Temple, for advice and assistance during the earlier stages of the Work.

NEW YORK,

Christmas, 1881.

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