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A SYSTEM OF THE PRINCIPAL MATTERS RELATING TO THAT

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In which the Text is carefully collated with the original Work; the marginal

References corrected; new References from the modern Reporters added;
a Variety of Manuscript Cafes inserted ; and the whole enlarged by an In-
corporation of the several Statutes upon Subjects of Criminal Law, to the
TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR OF George The Third. To which an Expla-
natory Preface is prefixed, and new and copious Indexes are subjoined.

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LONDON:
PRINTED BY HIS MAJESTY's LAW-PRINTERS.

PUBLISHED FOR THE EDITOR:
And sold by THOMAS WHIELDON, Bookseller, No. 43, Fleet- Areet.

Price One Pound Eight Shillings in Boards.

M,DCC,LXXVII.

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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

SIR J A MESEYR E,
E Y RE, KNIGHT,

,

LORD

CHIEF

BARON

OF HIS MAJESTY'S COURT OF EXCHEQUER.

MY LORD

HE permission to inscribe my humble labours to your Lordship,

even the appearance of useful industry.

The original Work, as well from the nature of its subject, as from its established merit, seems to possess a natural claim to your Lordship's protection. It regards a system of law, the most serious and important in its consequences to the interests of society; the profound knowledge, and firm, but benevolent administration of which, has eminently distinguished your Lordship in the eyes of the profession, and of the public.

Your Lordship will permit me to join in that respect and veneration which is so justly entertained for your Lordship's high judicial character ; and particularly to express the honour and gratitude I feel in being allowed to subscribe myself,

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THOMAS Lord PARKER,

Baron of

of MACCLESF I EL D,

Lord Chief Justice of ENGLAND.

Mr LORD,
HE following Treatise, containing that part of the law,

which is peculiarly under the administration of the chief justice of England, I presumed, in regard to the subject of it, to think of presenting it to your lordship, which your goodness having been pleased to permit, it is with the less uneasiness that I venture to make it public; for I could not hope to introduce it into the world with greater advantage than under

your protection. This was the real ground of my ambition, to dedicate it to your lordship, and not to give myself an opportunity of publishing how much I honour those wonderful talents, that have raised you to so high a station: A private character indeed may be set forth to advantage, and many virtues in it be made known by an address of this nature, which might otherwise have lain for ever concealed : But your lordship’s is public and conspicuous, and can appear no where with fo much lustre as when you fit in judgment, where that valt genius you are blessed with, shines forth to all the world, adorned with all the improvements that human art can furnish, and supported with the greatest courage and integrity.

And nothing less, my lord, could give you that command of all the variety of business which comes before you, and that facility with which you dispatch it: The most intricate points of law, that have for ages lain in confusion and obscurity, when they fall under your lordlhip’s consideration, receive such light, are stated and explained with such exact method, and such propriety and beauty of expression, that the most politę compositions appear not more elegant, nor the most demonA 2

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