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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1877, by

M. E. DUNLAP, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1892, by

M. E. DUNLAP, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1905, by

CHRISTINE W. DUNLAP, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

JAN 27, 1933

ST. LOUIS, MO.
PRESS OF NIXON-JONES PRINTING CO.

PREFACE TO REVISED EDITION.

Since the last edition of Dunlap's Abridgment of Elementary Law appeared, it has become apparent that the book might be made even more valuable to both the law student and the practicing lawyer by certain changes. It has been deemed best to separate and treat the subjects of agency, partnership, commercial paper and sales under separate heads, and to enlarge the treatment of them. By reason of these changes, the book as now presented to the public covers the entire field of Elementary Law, and it is hoped will commend itself to both the law student and the practicing lawyer who desires to obtain in small compass the elementary principles of the various departments of the law.

How well the book accomplishes this purpose may be seen by comparison of it with what the Supreme Court of Texas has recently set forth as the proper course of study and regulation governing the mode of examinations for admissions to the Bar in that State. The requirements in Texas are very similar to the requirements for admission in other jurisdictions. The requirements in Texas comprise the following divisions : first, the elements of the common law, and more particularly Blackstone's Commentaries, volumes 1, 2 and 3; second, real property; third, contracts, and under this division, first, the elements of contracts; second, sales, bills and notes ; third, carriers, partnerships, corporations and agencies ; fourth, torts; fifth, equity jurisprudence; sixth, pleading, practice and evidence; seventh, domestic relations and administrations of decedents' estates; eighth, constitutional and statutory law; and, ninth, criminal law, and particularly the fourth volume of Blackstone.

An examination of the table of contents of the present edi. tion of Duplap's Abridgment of Elementary Law will show that all of these subjects with the possible exception of the

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constitutional law, have been handled in this book. So far as constitutional law goes, this edition contains a copy of the Constitution of the United States, and it would be impossible within the limited scope of a work of this character to treat this subject at greater length.

The subjects of real property and criminal law are not treated separately, but will be found in the abridgment of Blackstone, real property in the second volume of Blackstone, and criminal law in the fourth. There is no lawyer who has read the textbooks on real property with care, and is familiar with Blackstone, but what will recognize that the fountain head of the law of real property is Blackstone's treatment of it in the second volume of his Commentaries, and that the modern text-books are but treatises based upon Blackstone with the modern developments of the law on the subject. In the present edition of Dunlap the changes introduced in the law of real property have been treated in notes appended to the abridgment of the second volume of Blackstone's Commentaries.

T. F. CHAPLIN.

St. Louis, Mo., February 1, 1905.

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