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made by Mr. Bathurst for his own private use. This book, having passed through several editions, was succeeded by a similar work, entitled “A Digest of the Law of Actions and Trials at Nisi Prius," by Mr. Espinasse, of which there have been four editions. The Compiler of the following pages conceived that a treatise intended as a companion at the sittings in London and Middlesex, and on the Circuit, might be cast into a more convenient form than that adopted by either of the former writers: and that the cases might be abridged with greater accuracy and precision. Under this impression, the Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius was prepared and published in three parts successively, in the years 1806, 1807, 1808.

Lincoln's Inn, February, 1845.

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

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OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY.

1. Of the Nature of an Assault and Battery, and in what Cases

an Action may be maintained

II. Of the Declaration ..

III. Of the Pleadings

IV. Of the Verdict and Judgment

V. Of the Costs, 37; Certificate under Stat. 3 & 4 Vict. c. 24

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