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The purpose of the author in writing the following pages, descriptive of the duties, rights, and liabilities of justices of the peace, has been to supply a want much felt by this numerous and useful body of public functionaries.
Whilst books upon the law to be administered by magistrates are to be found in abundance, there is no work which purports carefully to describe and point out the practical method by which that law is to be dispensed; hence it has been conceived that a book which should devote itself to a familiar explanation of the manner and mode of performing the duties of the office, and should enter into the details of the practice of administering the law, would be deemed an acceptable acquisition to the legal library of the justice of the peace.
To accomplish this object no pains have been spared. Every ordinary duty of the justice has been described with a precision and an absence