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LAW DICTIONARY,

Containing both an

EXPLANATION OF THE TERMS

AND THE

LAW ITSELF;

INTENDED FOR THE USE OF

The Country Gentleman, the Merchant,

AND

THE PROFESSIONAL MAN.

By THOMAS POTTS, Gent.
Formerly of Skinners' Hall.

A NEW EDITION,

Revised, corrected, and enlarged to the present Time.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR WALKER AND EDWARDS; SHERWOOD, NEELY,
AND JONES; LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN;
J. BLACK; GALE AND FENNER; C. BROWN; AND SIMPKIN
AND MARSHALL.

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Edward Hodson, Printer, 15, Cross Street, Hallon Garden, London .

TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

LORD ELLENBOROUGH,

BARON ELLENBOROUGH, OF ELLENBOROUGH, IN THE COUNTY OF

CUMBERLAND.

Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench.

MY LORD,

I HAVE presumed to dedicate this trifling Work to your Lordship, as most competent to judge of its public utility. The design of reducing the Law Dictionary into one small volume, will, I trust, merit the approbation of every professional man, and (should it be honoured with your Lordship's patronage) obtain that share of public favour which would ever constitute the pride and ambition of

My Lord,

Camden Town,
Nov. 1, 1803.

Your Lordship's

Most obedient humble Servant.

THE AUTHOR,

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ADVERTISEMENT

TO THIS

EDITION.

IN preparing the present edition for the press, the whole work has undergone a severe revision: Various Terms of English Law, which have now become obsolete, have been omitted; and their place has been supplied by very numerous references to legal authorities.

The different acts of parliament, passed since the last edition have also been incorporated; those which received the royal sanction, during, and subsequent to, the progress of this work through the press, are introduced in an Appendix; in which such further additions and corrections have been made as were rendered necessary, in consequence of the enacting of those statutes. Some of the more important articles, as BANKRUPTS, POOR, STAMPS, TAXES, &c. &c. are entirely re-composed: the Editor therefore commits his improved work to the acceptance of a liberal Public, in full confidence that it will not mislead. And, as he has selected this volume from writers of acknowledged authority, and has devoted it to the use of the cOUNTRY GENTLEMAN, the MERCHANT, and PROFESSIONAL MAN-he trusts it will continue to be found not unworthy of a place either in the LIBRARY, the COUNTING-HOUSE, or OFFICE,

Nov. Su, 1815.

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