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ON THE

JURISDICTION, PRACTICE,

AND

PECULIAR JURISPRUDENCE

OF THE

COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES.

VOL. I. '

CONTAINING A VIEW OF THE JUDICIAL POWER, AND THE JURIS-
DICTION AND PRACTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF

THE UNITED STATES.

BY

GEORGE TICKNOR CURTIS,

COUNSELLOR AT LAW.

PHILADELPHIA:

T. & J. W. JOHNSON,
LAW BOOKSELLERS, PUBLISHERS AND IMPORTERS, .

NO. 197 CHESTNUT STREET.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854,

BY GEORGE T. CURTIS,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

PHILADELPHIA:

C. SHERMAN, PRINTER,

19 St. James Street.

PREFACE.

The purpose of this work is sufficiently indicated by its title.

The present volume contains a view of the Judicial Power of the United States, and an exhibition of the Jurisdiction and Practice of the Supreme Court. It seemed the natural order of the subject to commence with the highest tribunal known to the Constitution. But, independent of this consideration, I have observed, in a constant attendance and some practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, that a more extended knowledge, on the part of the profession, of the principles which regulate its jurisdiction and modes of procedure, is greatly to be desired.

If the labors of the Court, or those of the Bar, shall be facilitated in any degree by these Commen

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