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AUTHOR OF INTRODUCTION TO EQUITY JURISPRUDENCE,” EDITOR OF

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GEORGE S. APPLETON, 148 CHESNUT STREET.

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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by

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in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

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PRE FACE.

The importance of an acquaintance with the leading cases in the various branches of law, both to the advanced student and the practising lawyer, is too apparent to require argument. They impart interest to the acquisition of principles, lead to accuracy in their comprehension, assist the memory in retaining them, and render their application easy. The truth of these suggestions is established by the approbation of the most eminent teachers, and (as it is believed) the concurring sentiment of the entire profession.

The present volume contains the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States, on the most important commercial questions, a class of cases to which its attention has been particularly directed, and upon which its decisions not only command universal respect, but from the disposition of the State Court to harmonize our commercial system, possess a very general authority.

The Editor believes that he has either quoted in the body of the work, or reviewed in the notes, every case decided by that tribunal, settling any commercial principle of permanent or general interest. The subject of Insurance has not been embraced, for important as it is on our sea-board, and western waters, it is of little practical value to the great mass of the profession, and would have required for its consideration, an additional volume.

The Editor has had no occasion to use either the reporter's abstract of the decision, or his statement from the record, of the facts. It has been the habit of the Court, during the greater period of its existence, to embody in their opinions as full a statement of the facts of the case as was necessary to render it intelligible, and to show the precise point of the decision. These opinions, which are public property, form the tex: of the present work. The notes contain as full a review of the decisions of the State courts upon the same questions, as the facilities of the editor's library would permit him to make.

The volume is offered to the young men of the profession, in the hope that it will serve as an interesting and instructive introduction to that vast body of recorded wisdom from which it has been mainly borrowed.

JAMES P. HOLCOMBE. Cincinnati, June 1, 1847.

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