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ARRANGED, ANNOTATED, AND EDITED
ROBERT CAMPBELL, M.A.,
OF LINCOLN'S INN, BARRISTER-AT-LAW, ADVOCATE OF THE SCOTCH BAR,
AND LATE FELLOW OF TRINITY HALL, CAMBRIDGE.
ASSISTED BY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BAR.
WITH AMERICAN NOTES
FORMERLY EDITOR OF THE AMERICAN REPORTS AND
THE ALBANY LAW JOURNAL.
ABANDONMENT - ACTION.
STEVENS AND SONS, LIMITED.
SET, PLATED, AND PRINTED
AT THE UNIVERSITY Press.
It is proposed, in this Work, to collect and arrange in alphabetical order of subjects, the leading authorities of English Case Law on points of general interest, and to illustrate their application by English and American notes.
The matter under each alphabetical heading will be arranged in sections, in an order indicated at the commencement of the heading. The more important and Ruling Cases are set out at length, subject only to abridgment where the original report is unnecessarily diffuse. The less important or subordinate English cases are briefly stated in the English Notes. The American notes point out the effect of American authority upon cognate points.
Our aim is to furnish the practitioner with English Case Law in such a form that he will readily find the information he requires for ordinary purposes. The Ruling Case will inform him, or refresh his memory, as to the principles; and the Notes will show in detail how the principles have been applied or modified in other cases.
The ordinary English Digests fail in usefulness by their want of information as to the principles of the decisions, and as to the relative importance and authority of the cases contained in them. Comyns' Digest was, indeed, an
exception, and was a most valuable book in its time. But it is bewildering in arrangement, and largely encumbered with now obsolete matter.
Collections of Leading Cases are generally fragmentary, and wanting in any system of arrangement. Saunders' Reports are, however, in some measure a precedent, and a suggestive example to show that a comprehensive work on somewhat similar lines may be of great use. The object is to adapt the mass of existing authority to modern requirements.
The object of the American notes will be to point out the agreement or the disagreement of the American Case Law with the English, and to direct attention to the leading and the most recent cases in all the States, thus commending the work to the American as well as the English practitioner. This will be done concisely. The principal citations of the Ruling Cases in the American reports will be given. Reference will also be made in every instance to the most authoritative, and especially to the latest, American text-writers on the subject in question.
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