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ILLUSTRATIONS FROM SCOTCH, INDIAN, AMERICAN,
HIS HONOUR THE LATE JUDGE PITT TAYLOR.
W. E. HUME-WILLIAMS, B.A., LL.B.,
ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S COUNSEL; RECORDER OF NORWICH;
A BENCHER OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE;
Joint Author of "The Taking of Evidence on Commission."
SWEET AND MAXWELL, LIMITED,
3, CHANCERY LANE, W.C.
TORONTO THE CARSWELL CO., LTD., 30, ADELAIDE STREET EAST.
PREFACE TO THE TENTH EDITION.
THE last Edition of this work was published in 1895. Since that date the Laws of Evidence have been considerably altered both by Statute and by Authority. The object of the Editor has been to bring the work thoroughly up-to-date, and to that end no effort has been spared. Considerable modification of many legal axioms contained in the work have been necessitated by modern decisions, but as far as possible the original Text, abounding as it does in quaint phraseology and quainter illustration, has been left untouched and, it is hoped, unspoiled.
In order that the work may be of greater use to the practitioner the reference to Cases cited has been added to the citation, and not confined, as in the last Edition, to the Table of Cases. One reference only has been given in the Text but all are added in the Table.
The Editor desires to express his great indebtedness to Mr. Walter S. Shaw, of the Middle Temple, without whose able and unremitting help his task would not have been accomplished; to Mr. H. C. Biron, of Lincoln's Inn, who has supervised and in part re-drafted