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" To the Hon. RUFUS CHOATE, Hon. Bens. TAPPAN, Hon. J. A. PEARCE ;
EDMUND BURKE, W. B. Maclay, GEORGE P. MARSH.
“ ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S OFFICE, April 1st, 1846. « GENTLEMEN :
“I have had the honor to receive your communication, accompanying the first volume of the new edition of the Laws of the United States, published by Messrs. Little & Brown, of Boston. The Publishers have now delivered five volumes, containing all the general Laws; and it has given me great pleasure to have it in my power to certify the highly satisfactory character of this portion of the work. It is, in the highest degree, creditable to the Publishers.
" Although, by the terms of the Joint Resolution of Congress, my duty was limited to making a contract for one thousand copics, and to certifying that its conditions were complied with, I have been consulted, unreservedly, by the Publishers, in every stage of their work, and have found them at all times ready to adopt any suggestion to secure accuracy in the publication, regardless of personal trouble or of expense.
“So far as the original Rolls exist, they have been examined and carefully compared by competent persons with the sheets of this edition of the Laws; and if any trivial errors shall be found, in the publication, they can be readily corrected in the stereotyped plates, and thus a perfect edition of the Laws of the United States will be obtained.
“I am gratified to find that the order and arrangement prescribed by Congress, in this edition, will greatly facilitate reference, and, I doubt not, will be highly satisfactory to the Profession and to the Public.
“My own experience in a judicial office has impressed me with the great value of such a publication, and I am happy to have contributed, in any degree, in the preparation of so creditable a work.
"I have the honor to be,
« J. Y. MASON."
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
FROM THE DECLARATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1845;
WITH NOT E S.
RICHARD PETERS, ESQ.,
COUNSELLOR AT LAW.
TABLE OF THE CONTENTS
OF VOLUME VIII.