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PRINTED BY GEORGE EDWARD EYRE AND WHJJAM SPOTTISWOODE,
PttiNTEKS To THE QUEEN,S HoST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
The present volume embraces the period from the 11th year of George the Third (A.D. 1770) to the end of the last Parliament of Great Britain in the 41st year of that reign (A.D. 1800); and shows the effect of repeals to the Session of 1871 (34 & 35 Vict.) inclusive. The volume is somewhat smaller in bulk than the approved standard of the edition; but it appeared convenient that it should conclude at a marked epoch in the history of our statute law,—the Union of Ireland with Great Britain,—and that the legislation of the United Kingdom should be entered upon in a fresh volume.
As an exception to the rule of printing all enactments not actually repealed, the Editor has been authorised, as in the case of the preceding volume, to omit certain enactments, included, with a view to their immediate repeal, in a Bill, following the series of expurgatory Acts already passed, which has been laid before Parliament in the present Session. These enactments are described in the Chronological Table prefixed to this volume as Virtually Repealed. Among them are certain Acts, and parts of Acts, relating to the constitution and powers of the East India Company, as it existed before the passing of the 21 & 22 Vict. c. 106. It is understood that a complete revision, with a view to an extensive repeal, of the Statutes relating to India, has been undertaken by the East Indian Executive, and that a Bill to carry it into effect will be submitted to Parliament at an early date. Had such a Bill been passed antecedently to the present publication, a considerable quantity of matter, which is obsolete or superseded, might advantageously have been omitted from these pages. But the Editor did not think himself warranted either in anticipating the action of the Legislature in this respect, or in delaying for an uncertain period the publication of this portion of the Revised Statutes.