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COMPRISING A SHORT VIEW OF THE CRIMINAL DUTY, AND OF THE

GREATER PART OF THE CIVIL DUTY, OF

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EDINBURGH:
PRINTED FOR ANDERSON & co. 295, ROYAL EXCHANGE, AND
FAIRBAIRN & ANDERSON, 55, NORTH BRIDGE STREET;
AND LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, & BROWN,

LONDON
Alex. Smellie, Printer to the University.

PREFACE,

was lately induced to write a short treatise on the Duty of a Constable, from its being suggested to me, that the informa, tion on that subject, in the existing treatises, was not adapted for immediate reference, particularly for persons not accustome. ed to legal inyestigation. Having been thus led to look into the information on the duty of a Justice of the Peace in this country, contained in our law writers, it appeared to be liable to the same objections. I was therefore induced to attempt, from our statutes, decisions, and institutional writers, a condensed methodical view, without disquisition or speculation, of some of the principal doctrines on the subject, more, at first, for my own information, and as a useful exercise, than with any serious intention of publicatìon. Upon putting my name to the Duty of a Constable (for the first edition was anonymous), 4 wish was expressed to me, both anonymously. and by friends of experience at the bas, that I should attempt. a treațise on the duty of justices, I therefore extended my objeçt; and devoted to it all my leisure, And I now offer to the public the result of my attempt (for which I trust a sufficient apology has been made), with that deep conviction of fallibility which the deliberate investigation of a subject necessarily pro: duces,

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