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The reason for the submission of the present work is that, from practical experience among students preparing for the various professional examinations, I have found the need for a text-book which, while containing all matters necessary for examination purposes, would yet be free from unessential references and legal verbiage. Every effort has been made to keep this work as free as possible from legal phraseology, and also to avoid references to decided cases unless such are of real importance to the student. There are many helpful text-books in existence, but they all suffer from some one or other of those defects, from the student's point of view, that endeavour has been made to guard against herein.
Considerable experience of the requirements both of students and of members of professional bodies induces the belief that this work will supply the wants of both classes, for it covers the whole of the ground of all the examinations in Mercantile Law. It is hoped also that it will prove of great assistance to the ordinary commercial man.
I am greatly indebted to Mr. John C. Dalton, of Gray's Inn, Barrister-at-Law, and to Mr. F. Porter Faussett, B.A., LL.B., of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law, for their great assistance in reading the proofs, and for many practical suggestions.
1 ESSEX COURT,
E. W. C.