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TRE A TISE

ON THE

L A W OF

OF CARRIERS

OF

GOODS AND PASSENGERS,

BY

LAND AND BY WATER.

BY JOSEPH K. ANGELL.

SECOND EDITION.

REVISED AND ENLARGED.

" The first principles of jurisprudence are simple maxims of reason, of which the observ.
ance is immediately discovered by experience to be essential to ihe security of men's rights,
and which pervade the laws of all countries. An account of the gradual application of these
original principles, first to more simple, and afterwards to more complicated cases, forms
both the history and theory of law." Sir James Mackintosh.

BOSTON:
CHARLES C. LITTLE AND JAMES BROWN.

MDCCCLI.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1851, By JOSEPH K. ANGELL, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Rhode Island.

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CAMBRIDGE:

PRINTED BY BOLLES AND HOUGHTON.

ADVERTISEMENT

TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The peculiar importance of the Law of Carriers of Goods and Passengers by Land and by Water, and the great advantage to be derived by the public from a knowledge of its rules and principles as they are applied to existing commercial and social relations, which are dilated upon in the following preface to the first edition of this work, have been promptly acknowledged by the public in the encouragement they have given to the author so soon to prepare a new edition.

In this second edition, the author has taken care that all the authorities on the subject, American and English, should be introduced which have been reported since the first edition was published.

JANUARY, 1851.

PRE FACE.

It is not thought requisite to tender an elaborate apology for presenting to the public a work upon a subject of so great importance as the Law of Carriers of Goods and Passengers, as it is believed that it must with the public be a desideratum, that a subject of jurisprudence so practical as this, and one so intimately connected with the common and daily concerns of life, should not only be settled as precisely and as uniformly as possible, but should be generally understood. The annals of navigation and commerce, and the records of commercial jurisprudence, attest the importance of the law of common carriers by land and by water, and it is doubted if there is any other branch of this department of jurisprudence which so naturally tends to awaken a desire in the community at large to become enlightened in relation to it. But since the commencement of the present century, and more especially since American inventive genius has rendered the accelerative and reliable agency of Sleam subservient to the transportation of commodities and of travellers, the legal duties, liabilities, and rights of public carriers of both things and persons, have become subjects of vastly more interest and greater moment, than before this era, was realized, or even generally anticipated.

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