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did not bind another, though one cannot
right of election; yet by 28 G. 3. C. 52. a felect committee chosen under the io G. 3. (under the restrictions therein mentioned) is trusted with the power of binding by its decifion the right of election, and of appointing a returning officer, where the right is litigated. And by the same act, fuch committee is authorised to give costs upon
frivolous and vexatious petitions and defences. These ads, fo far as they relate to the practice or regulation of the new judicature, are added in the Appendix; but the 10. G. 3. C. 16. which is the foundation of the whole, is so printed, as to exhibit, by a marginal abridgment, of the subsequent acts, every variation made in any section of that act down to the present period. The statutes relating to the subject, where it was thought improper to copy them literally, will be found to be accurately abstracted, and will, in most cafes, be found to supply the want of the Itatute book itself. Some statutes afterwards repealed, or new-modelled, are briefly stated for the better understanding of subsequent acts made in pari materiá. In referring to the Journals, the author has contented himself with a few precedents to the fame point, except on questions of any nicety or doubt. It was his original inten
tion to have comprized in this book the Scotch Law of Elections ; but as that fub
ject is already treated upon at large by a Wight on Elec- more experienced and able pen, he has
omitted the Scotch cases, except where adduced to prove or illustrate general positions. Matters of evidence are incidenta ally mentioned as they grow naturally out of the subject. To have gone into the doctrines of evidence more at large, would have been to have added a fupplemental treatise larger than that upon the principal subject. The law books, therefore, must be referred to for such information, though practice and found observation only can give a ready discrimination in this comprehensive and difficult part of the law. On such parts of the subject as relate to the power of the house of commons in some instances of incapacitating their own members, which cannot be measured by any rule exactly defined, the author has contented himself with the statement of precedents, or has rested his observations upon analogous reasoning.
The leisure of an earlier period enabled the author to compile and arrange the materials of this little work principally with a view to his own amusement. It has gra
dually ripened into a treatise, which, in the judgment of some professional friends, might become useful in election business.
If it should conduce, in the most trifling degree, towards so desirable an end as to facilitate the duties of the committee and bar, his wishes will be fully gratified.