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vouring to avoid “ a great evil." No penal enactment, how. ver, has been the sufferer by this proceeding; and, upon the whole, I am inclined to hope, that nothing material will be found to have been omitted or abridged. Where clauses are abridged, they are included in brackets; the other enactments remain word for word as they stand in Mr. Ruthead's Edition of the Statutes at Large; except that occasionally, for reasons which will be obvious to the reader, the word “ and” is omitted at the beginning of a section.
The arrangement of the work, though utterly unscientifick, will, I trust, be found conducive to the main object which I have had in view,-namely, practical utility and convenience.
With regard to the notes, I have nothing further to observe, than that the general plan of each note is, first, to point out such alterations in the criminal law as may have been effected by the statute to which it is annexed; secondly, to state the general rules, as to the indictment for the offence comprised in that statute; and, thirdly, to give a general view of the circumstances necessary to complete the offence. I have not, however, adhered rigidly to these rules, where manifest couvenience invited me to adopt a different course.
Such is the general outline of a work to which I have devoted considerable time and trouble. Whether it will be useful in its generation, is a point for others to decide, and for time and experience to demonstrate.
I cannot conclude these observations without returning my best thanks to those friends who have lent me their valuable assistance in drawing up the Index, and passing the book through the press.
ou Square, Lincoln's Inn,
July 14, 1828.
TABLE OF STATUTES.
PAGE 9 Hen. 3, c. 15. Making of Bridges and Banks
· 454 3 Ed. 1, c. 3. No Penalty for an Escape before it be adjudged
121 3 Ed. 1, c. 9. All Men shall be ready to pursue Felons - 386 3 Ed. 1, c. 25. None shall commit Champerty, to have Part of the Thing in Question
49 13 Ed. 1, st. 1, c. 30. The Authority of Justices of Nisi
Prius ; Adjournment of Suits ; Certain Writs that be determinable in their proper Counties ; a Jury may give their Verdict at large; none but which were summoned shall be put in Assizes or Juries
264 13 Ed. 1, c. 49. The Penalty for buying the Title of Land
depending in Suit; a Remedy for Suits where the Law faileth
50 27 Ed. 1, st. 1, c. 3. Justices of Assize shall be of Gaol
Delivery, who shall punish Officers bailing such as are not bailable
265 28 Ed. 1, st. 3, c. 11. Nothing shall be taken to maintain any Matter in Suit
50 28 Ed. 1, st. 3, c. 20. Vessels of Gold shall be essayed,
touched, and marked; the King's Prerogative shall be saved
55 33 Ed. 1, st. 3. The Punishment of such as commit Cham. perty
51 1 Ed. 2, st. 2. In what case it is Felony to break Prison, in what not
510 1 Ed. 3, st. 2, c. 16. Who shall be assigned Justices and Keepers of the Peace
- 273 2 Ed. 3, c. 2. In what Cases only Pardon of Felony shall be granted; who shall be Justices of Assize, &c.
266 2 Ed. 3, c. 3. No man shall come before the Justices or go or ride armed
4 4 Ed. 3, c. 2. The Authority of Justices of Assize, Gaol Delivery, and of the Peace
267 5 Ed. 3, c. 8. The Marsbals of the King's Bench shall not bail Felons
121 18 Ed. 3, st. 2, c. 2. Justices of Peace shall be appointed, and their Authority
34 Ed. 3, c. 1. What sort of Persons shall be Justices of
12 Ric. 2, c. 2. None shall obtain Offices by Suit, or for
6 Hen. 6, c. 1. Within what Time a Capius awarded against
any Person indicted in the King's Bench shall be return-
9 Hen. 7, c. 1. The Authority of the Court of Star Chamber;
where One Inquest sball inquire of the concealment of
35 Hen. 8, c. 2. An Act for the Trial of Treasons committed
speak against the Sacrament of the Altar, and of the Re.
1 Mary, sess. 1, c. 1. An Act repealing and taking away cer.
strange Coins, being current within this Realm, the Queen's
made Treasons, and also for the Government of the King's
1 Elis. c. 2. An Act for the Uniformity of Common Prayer
Royal Power over all Estates aad Subjects within her
5 Eliz. c. 14. An Act against Forgers of false Deeds and
23 Eliz. c. 1. An Act to retain the Queen's Majesty's Sub-
Statute of Octavo Regis, H. 6, concerning forcible Entries;
21 Jac. 1, c. 15. An Act to enable Judges and Justices of
the Peace to give Restitution of Possession in certain Cases 140
suffer any Recovery, acknowledge any Statute, Recogni-