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PRINTED FOR JOSEPH BUTTERWORTH & SON,

43, FLEET STREET.

1821.

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TO

THE MAGISTRACY

OF THE COUNTIES OF

CHESTER AND STAFFORD,

WHOSE SESSIONS HE HAS FOR SEVERAL YEARS ATTENDED,

THIS WORK

IS,

WITH MUCH RESPECT,

DEDICATED

BY

THE AUTHOR.

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TO THE READER.

The Author of this work is well aware how almost impossible, even with the most painful attention to the subject, it must have been, altogether to have avoided falling into some errors, and being guilty of some omissions ; but he earnestly hopes to meet with candour and indulgence when it is considered of how large a number of cases and statutory provisions it has been attempted to give the substance in this small volume.

Some decisions have taken place in the Courts since the parts of the book to which they more immediately had reference went to press, and some few omissions have been discovered too late for correction in the body of the work ; a list, therefore, of Addenda et Corrigenda, in the order of the pages, has been subjoined, to which the attention of the reader is especially requested*. By consulting the Table of Contents, the parts of the work to which the Addenda relate will most easily be ascertained.

With regard to the Statutes, it having been found, after the printing of this work had made some progress, that they would occupy more space than was deemed convenient, the plan suggested itself of abridging the clauses in the very words of the Statutes, in preference to an attempt to give

* In particular to the articles of the Addenda, F. HH. 2. AA. GG,

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