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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

Common Law of England.

BY

SIR MATTHEW HALE.

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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

Common Law of England,

AND

AN ANALYSIS

OP

THE CIVIL PART OF THE LAW;

BY

SIR MATTHEW HAL E.

THE SIXTH EDITION,

with additional

NOTES & REFERENCES;

AND

SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,

BY CHARLES RUNNINGTON,

SERJEANT AT LAW.

Of Law no less can be acknowlerlged, than that her seat is the bosom of God; her

voice the harmony of the world; all things in heaven and earth ito her homage;
the very least, as feeling her care, and the greatest, as not exempted from her
power.

HOOKER.

LONDON :

PRINTED FOR HENRY BUTTERWORTH, LAW-BOOKSELLER,

7, FLEET-STREET,

BET WEEN THE TEMPLE GATES.

Rogers, Red-Lion-Street,

Clerkenwell, London..

PRE FACE.

Though the approbation of Sir Matthew Hale, was of itself, sufficient to insure success to any production, yet this History was dismissed from the closet, without soliciting indulgence by a prefatory discourse, or claiming respect from the authority of his name (a). It were needless to mention the rapid success which attended, or the generous applause which was bestowed on its publication ; in truth it has ever been justly held in the highest estimation; and, like the virtue of its author, been universally admired. Here the student finds a valuable guide ;---the advocate a learned assistant;--the court an indisputable authority. The impossibility of adding to

(a) The title-page to the first edition was—“ The History of the Common “ Law of England.-Divided into Twelve Chapters.-Written hy a learned " hand."-Published in 1713.

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