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thereof, as provided in the tenth section of this act, or on his executing either of the bonds mentioned in the said section. No. 48. Corporations. The voluntary dissolution of corporations is authorized, on the application of the directors or other proper officers, made by petition to the court of chancery. The application must set forth the reasons therefor, accompanied by a statement of the following particulars: 1. A full, just and true inventory of all the estate, both real and personal in law and equity of such corporation, and of all the books, vouchers, and securities relating thereto. 2. A full, just and true account of the capital stock of such corporation, specifying the names of the stockholders, their residences, when known, the number of shares belonging to each, the amount paid in upon such shares respectively, and the amount still due thereon. 3. A statement of all incumbrances on the property of such corporation, by judgment, mortgage, pledge or otherwise. 4. A full and true account of all the creditors of such corporation, and of all engagements entered into by such corporation, which may not have been fully satisfied or cancelled, specifying the place of residence of each creditor, and of every person to whom such engagements were made, if known, and if not known, the fact to be so stated; the sum owing to each creditor, the nature of each debt or demand, and the true cause and consideration of such indebtedness, in each case. No. 56, § 2. Unclaimed Baggage. The sale of unclaimed baggage and other personal property is regulated by No. 62.
1.—A full and arranged Digest of the Cases decided in the Supreme, Circuit, and District Courts of the United States, from the organization of the Government of the United States. By RICHARD PETERs, Counsellor at Law, and Reporter of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1839. Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
THE first volume of this digest was noticed in our fortieth number (vol. xx, page 453), since which the work has been completed by the publication of the second and third volumes, and we again take the opportunity of expressing our acknowledgments to Mr. Peters, for his valuable labors. The digest, as now brought to its termination, contains the decisions of the courts of the United States, reported in upwards of sixty-five volumes of reports. Those volumes are Cranch's reports, 9 volumes; Wheaton's reports, 12 volumes; Peters's reports, 13 volumes; Gallison's circuit court reports, 2 volumes; Mason's circuit court reports, 5 volumes; Sumner's circuit court reports, 2 volumes; Paine's reports, 1 volume ; Cases decided in the supreme and circuit court, in Dallas's reports, 2 volumes; Washington's circuit court reports, 4 volumes; Peters's circuit court reports, 1 volume ; Baldwin’s circuit court reports, 1 volume; Peters's admiralty decisions, 2 volumes; Gilpin's district court reports, 1 volume ; Brockenborough's reports, 2 volumes; Bee's admiralty reports, 1 volume ; Burr's trial, 2 volumes; Cases in Day and Cook’s reports, 1 volume ; Hall’s law journal, 4 volumes.
The amount of labor expended upon such a work can only be estimated by those who have undertaken something of the same kind themselves. The toil of the maker of digests is by no means the mere mechanical drudgery of scissors and paste that it is supposed to be by the unexperienced, but, on the contrary, it tasks severely some of the best faculties of the mind. A man who can make a good abstract of a case, omitting nothing and having nothing superfluous, gives thereby evidence of a good legal understanding. No member of the legal profession need be told of the importance of having in his library the means of ascertaining the decisions of the various courts of the United States, upon the various momentous questions over which they have exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction. Besides the constitutional cases, which though not coming within the range of the common practice of a lawyer, ought to be familiar to every citizen and especially every member of a liberal profession, there are the various expositions of the statutes of the United States, including the important subject of patents, the cases coming under the head of admiralty and maritime law, and the various common law questions arising between citizens of different states, all of which are of frequent application in the course of practice, and none of which a lawyer can safely be ignorant of. But when the practitioner learns that this important information is to be sought in upwards of sixty volumes, which cost over two hundred and fifty dollars, there will be very likely to arise a “conflict” between the “law” of his purse and the “law” of his mind, which will probably wait a long time for adjudication and settlement. Erasmus writes in one of his letters, that when he gets money, he shall first buy Greek books and then clothes. There are many young lawyers who find themselves in the dilemma of this great scholar, called upon to select between law-books and clothes; and to this numerous class Mr. Peters's labors recommend themselves most emphatically. Within the compass of three octavos and at no extravagant price, they can procure an abstract and summary of all the decisions of the various courts of the United States, from their organization to the present time. Nothing has been omitted ; indeed, if there be a fault it is of the opposite kind; the redundancy and the
want of compression and compactness, though this can hardly be deemed a defect, at least to those who have not the reports themselves. The matters found in the books of reports are arranged in the digest under upwards of nine hundred and fifty heads; and on evidence the points in the work amount to eleven hundred and fifty-seven ; on insurance, to four hundred and eighty-seven ; on bills of exchange and promisory notes, three hundred and thirtyseven; on patents for useful inventions, to one hundred and ninetyfour ; on prize and admiralty law and admiralty practice, to seven hundred ; on lands and land titles, to four hundred and seventy ; and on chancery and chancery jurisdiction and practice, to five hundred and forty. We recommend the book to the profession, as one eminently worthy of their attention. We cannot consider a library, on the most moderate scale, to be complete without it. The typographical execution also deserves great praise.
2.—The Judicial Chronicle; being a List of the Judges of the Courts of Common Law and Chancery in England and America, and of the contemporary Reports from the earliest period of the reports to the present time. Published and sold by James Munroe & Co., Washington Street, Boston.
[A notice of Mr. Gibbs’s Judicial Chronicle has heretofore appeared in our journal (see vol. xi, p. 483), but as we have been informed that a considerable portion of the edition still remains unsold, which we can only account for on the supposition that the profession are not aware of its convenience as a manual of reference, we readily give place to the following notice from a correspondent. Eds.]
The attention of our readers is recalled to this very useful little work, not so much for the purpose of examining its design and contents, which are sufficiently explained by the title, as to recommend it, if possible, to more general notice and use. Its cheap and convenient form, and its accuracy and variety of information, render it a most desirable book of reference for the whole profession, and for the younger practitioners, and students of law, especially, there is no work of the kind which embraces within a small compass so much valuable matter. They will find numberless minutia here collected and classified, which are indispensable to the finished, or even tolerably read lawyer, but which lie scattered over an immense surface, and without the aid of some such compendium as this, are gathered only after a life of labor. It is accurate, methodical, and thorough, and no library, we think, should be without it.
3.—An Analysis of the Principles of Equity Pleading. By D. G. LUBá, Esq., of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister at Law. With notes and references to American Cases. By J. D. WHEELER, Counsellor at Law. New York: Gould, Banks & Co.: and by Wm. and A. Gould & Co., Albany, 1840.
This is a work of very modest pretension, but of great merit. The author has done that for equity, which Mr. Stephen, in his masterly work on pleading, has done for the common law. The work is purely elementary, and highly scientific in its character. Its chief characteristic is that it considers the subjects of practice and pleading separately.
The author has executed his task with singular ability and success. We commend his work, most earnestly, to those who are entering upon the study of equity. The notes of Mr. Wheeler add much to the value of the work.
4—Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of Common Law and Admiralty in the United States. By THERON METCALF and
JonATHAN C. PERKINs. Vol. I. Boston: Hilliard, Gray & Co. 1840.
We have not space in the present number to notice, as it deserves, this first volume of Messrs. Metcalf and Perkins's long expected digest. It is a royal octavo of seven hundred pages, printed in double columns and fine type. The matter is alphabetically arranged. This volume commences with “abandonment,” and terminates with “custom and usage,” and contains one hundred