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The want of a cheap practical Guide or Hand Book to the Law of Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes, which has been long felt by mercantile men and the public generally, first suggested to the Author the compilation of the following work. In offering it to the public, he feels called upon to make a few observations, not so much by way of apology as of explanation, for attempting to write upon a subject, the law of which has been already so ably expounded by such learned Writers, as the late Mr. Justice Bayley, the late Mr. Chitty, and Mr. Serjeant Byles, in their several very valuable and elaborate works; all of which, it is however, submitted, are

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