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vouring to avoid "a great evil.” No penal enactment, howver, 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. Ruffhead'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 convenience 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.
Old Square, Lincoln's Inn,
July 14, 1828.
TABLE OF STATUTES.
9 Hen. 3, c. 15. 3 Ed. 1, c. 3. judged
Making of Bridges and Banks
No Penalty for an Escape before it be ad
3 Ed. 1, c. 9. All Men shall be ready to pursue Felons
13 Ed. 1, st. 1, c. 30. The Authority of Justices of Nisi
27 Ed. 1, st. 1, c. 3. Justices of Assize shall be of GaolDelivery, who shall punish Officers bailing such as are not bailable
28 Ed. 1, st. 3, c. 11. Matter in Suit
Nothing shall be taken to maintain any
28 Ed. 1, st. 3, c. 20. Vessels of Gold shall be essayed, touched, and marked; the King's Prerogative shall be saved
33 Ed. 1, st. 3. The Punishment of such as commit Champerty
1 Ed. 2, st. 2. In what case it is Felony to break Prison, in
1 Ed. 3, st. 2, c. 16. Who shall be assigned Justices and Keepers of the Peace
2 Ed. 3, c. 2. In what Cases only Pardon of Felony shall be granted; who shall be Justices of Assize, &c.
2 Ed. 3, c. 3. No man shall come before the Justices or go or ride armed
5 Ed. 3, c. 8. The Marshals of the King's Bench shall not bail Felons
18 Ed. 3, st. 2, c. 2. Justices of Peace shall be appointed, and their Authority
20 Ed. 3, c. 3. Justices of Gaol Delivery, &c. and their As-
No Indictor shall be put upon the In-
6 Ric. 2, st. 1, c. 5. Justices of Assize, &c., shall hold their
8 Ric. 2, c. 2. No Man of Law shall be Justice of Assize, or
12 Ric. 2, c. 2. None shall obtain Offices by Suit, or for
15 Ric. 2, c. 2. The Duty of Justices of Peace, when any
15 Ric. 2, c. 3. In what Places the Admiral's Jurisdiction
20 Ric. 2, c. 1. No Man shall ride or go armed; Launcegays
Justices of Nisi Prius may give Judgment of
The Bill concerning Councils in Wales
The Bill of Bracery and Buying of Titles 51-365
An Act for the Trial of Treasons committed
out of the King's Dominions
37 Hen. 8, c. 8. The Act that any Indictment lacking these
1 Ed. 6, c. 1. An Act against such as shall unreverently
1 Ed. 6, c. 7. The Continuation of Actions after the Death of
1 Ed. 6, c. 12. An Act for the Repeal of certain Statutes con-
5 & 6 Ed. 6, c. 11. An Act for the Punishment of divers
1 Mary, sess. 1, c. 1. An Act repealing and taking away cer.
An Act against the Forging and Counterfeiting
23 Eliz. c. 1. An Act to retain the Queen's Majesty's Sub-
31 Eliz. c. 3. An Act for the avoiding of privy and secret
An Act concerning Informers
31 Eliz. c. 11. An Act of Explanation or Declaration of the
3 Jac. 1, c. 4. An Act for the better discovering and repress-
21 Jac. 1, c. 15. An Act to enable Judges and Justices of
3 Car. 1, c. 1. An Act for the further Reformation of sundry