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LAW OF EVIDENCE
BY HENRY ROSCOE, Esq.,
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.
WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS,
By T. C. GRANGER, Esq.,
BARRISTER AT LAW.
Fourth American, from the Third London Edition.
WITH NOTES AND REFERENCES TO AMERICAN DECISIONS, AND TO THE ENGLISH
COMMON LAW AND ECCLESIASTICAL REPORTS.
BY G E 0 R G E G H A R S W 0 0 D.
No. 197 CHESTNUT STREET.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-two,
BY T. & J. W. JOHNSON, In the Office of the Clerk of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
KING & BAIRD, PRINTERS, SANSOM STREET, PHILADELPHIA.
TO THE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.
Mr. Roscoe's merits as a Digester are already well known to the Profession, and it is only necessary to say, that in his Digest of Criminal Evidence, he has evinced his usual ability, fidelity, and research. Not only has he clearly unfolded and explained the general principles of this branch of the science of legal evidence, for the use of the student, but he has supplied what has long been a desideratum, a complete vade mecum to the criminal lawyer. The nature of criminal practice, which allows the advocate no time for study or research, renders such a work peculiarly valuable, and the arrangement adopted makes immediate reference easy, without the aid of the Index. In this respect it is decidedly preferable to “M'Nally's Evidence,” which, whatever may have been its merits, the ensuing volume, from the number and importance of the later cases which it contains, seems calculated entirely to supersede.
The American Editor has endeavored to keep in view the object of the book, and to give all the important cases by way of reference, accompanied with a condensed note or index to the matter where the text does not furnish it. If he has succeeded by this means in enhancing the value of the work to the American advocate, as a book of immediate reference, his aim has been accomplished. He has added also references to the editions of English Common Law and Ecclesiastical Reports, published in this country, and to the Fifth American Edition of Starkie on Evidence, wherever the reference in the text has not been to the Second London Edition, the entirely new and improved arrangement of the matter of that valuable Treatise in the last London and American editions rendering it necessary.
G. S. Philadelphia, December, 1835.
NOTE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
This Second American Edition has been prepared from the Second London Edition with Mr. Granger's additions. These consist of the latest decisions and statutes, and are incorporated with the body of the work. Perhaps as the book is to be considered principally as a manual for the practising advocate, and its great merit its completeness as a compilation and arrangement of law, this course was to be preferred to distinguish the new matter from the original text. The Second London Edition comprises about one hundred pages more than the First Edition, and there is of course a corresponding increase in the size of this volume. The American Notes have been carefully revised and brought up, and further references have been made to the edition of English Crown Cases published in this country.
G. S. Philadelphia, July, 1840.
NOTE TO THIS EDITION.
It will be observed that this, which has been prepared from the Third London Edition, has been considerably enlarged and improved. The American References have again been revised and brought up, and the Work, it is hoped, made still more worthy of that patronage, which it has hitherto so liberally received.
G. s. Philadelphia, May, 1852.