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Justice of the Peace,
By RICHARD BURN, LL.D.
LATE CHANCELLOR OF THE DIOCESE OF CARLISLE.
THE TWENTY-THIRD EDITION:
With CORRECTIONS, ADDITIONS, and IMPROVEMENTS.
And the STATUTES to the 1 GEO. IV. 1820.
By GEORGE CHETWYND, Esq. M.P.
BARRISTER AT LAW,
AND CHAIRMAN OF THE GENERAL QUARTER SESSIONS OF THE PEACE
Dr. Burn has great merit: He has done great service, and deserves great
Burr. S. C. 548.
IN FIVE VOLUMES.
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THE EARL TALBOT,
THE FOLLOWING work
WITH GREAT RESPECT,
IN TESTIMONY OF PUBLIC ADMIRATION OF HIS TALENTS,
AND OF PRIVATE ESTEEM FOR HIS VIRTUES,
BY HIS EXCELLENCY'S OBLIGED
AND VERY FAITHFUL FRIEND
THIS TWENTY-THIRD EDITION.
In engaging to revise this important work, the Editor was aware of the difficulties he should have to encounter. His inducements to the undertaking were various. Though actively engaged in the discharge of the duties of a magistrate, public as well as private, he had leisure for the employment; - he had ever held the Book in high estimation, as an important aid to the due administration of justice; - had enjoyed the opportunity of acquiring some practical knowledge of the multifarious subjects which it contains, together with their import, application, and relative bearings; and though fully sensible of the ability of the two preceding Editors, he had contemplated with very serious alarm the overwhelming accumulation of matter in the last two publications, and felt most desirous of preventing, if possible, a further extension of so serious an evil. Such were his motives for imposing upon himself a task of which the toil, irksomeness, and complexity, will be best appreciated by those who are most familiar with the great variety of subjects here brought together. That his readers may the better judge of the nature of his views, and of the probability of his satisfying public expectation, he deems it right to state explicitly the plan and principle on which he has proceeded.