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THOMAS BLENKARN, 19, CHANCERY LANE;
The last Edition of this Work collected the Statutes to the close of the 3rd of George the Fourth. Since that period, numerous and important additions and alterations have been made in all the great leading divisions of the civil and criminal Law. In some of these divisions the whole of the former Statutes have been absolutely repealed, and partially re-enacted; in others, former Statutory enactments have been consolidated into one Act; and almost every class bas been altered, varied, or regulated, by new enactments. Some estimate may be formed of their extent and importance by a reference to the Chronological Table, from which it will appear, that the whole of upwards of two hundred additional Statutes have been incorporated in the present publication, and a great many others, of less general importance, referred to or abstracted. The object of the Editors of the present Edition having been to present to the Public every important public Statute, down to the close of the last Session of Parliament.
In order to point out the course and progress of the Statutes, as applicable to many branches of the Law, it has been thought proper to retain either the titles or abstracts, and in some cases, the whole of many of the repealed Statutes. This was rendered the more necessary, inasmuch as many reported decisions in the Law Courts were founded on these repealed Statutes, and which, in many cases, are applicable to the new enactments. The Statutes repealed since the last Edition, are added immediately after the Chronological Table.
The Index to the present Edition has been considerably enlarged, and it is apprehended there will be no difficulty in referring to any particular subject in the whole of this extensive collection.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The very imperfect manner in which those employed to print and collate the First Edition of this Work, performed their office, imposed upon the Editor the laborious task of collating the whole with the original Statutes. This duty, he trusts, will be found to have been discharged with fidelity; and that accuracy now impressed which alone was wanting to this most able and useful Publication.
The Editor has continued the Statutes, and the cases decided upon their direct construction, down to the present time. And has supplied some omissions in the original Collection.
It was his intention to have added a ninth and tenth volume, comprising a Treatise on the Statute Law (including the Practice of both Houses of Parliament) and a General Index of the Statutes themselves. But the Publishers have deemed it expedient to publish this addition by itself. From the progress already made, its appearance will not be long postponed.
10, Gray's Inn Square,
Nov. 25th, 1822.