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DE. CARL SALKÇWSKI,

ORDINARY PROFESSOR OP LAWS IX THE UNTVERBITT OF KÜMC8BERG.

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E. E. WHITFIELD, M.A.

OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD; MEMBER OF THE INCORPORATED IAT SOCIETY.

LONDON:
STEVENS AND HAYNES,
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BELL YARD, TEMPLE BAR.
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•CAROLO EDVAEDO GÜTERBOCK

POTEXTIS8IMI GERMANIAE IMPERATORIS
A CONSILIIS IUSTITIAE INTIMIS,
JURIS IN ACADEMIA REGIOMONTÀNA
PROFESSORI PUBLICO ORDINARIO,
HOC OPUS

EX DISCIPLINA BORUSSORUM PROFECTUM,
AUCTORE COLLEGA VOLENTE,
D. D. D.

JCTUS ANGLICANUS INTERPRES.

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

Within the present century an attempt lias been made to impart to English Law a scientific character. The first great worker in this field, by his contributions to an accurate English legal terminology, has vindicated the permanent value of Soman Law in legal education. Towards the end of John Austin's life was published Mr. (now Lord Justice) Lindley's translation of the General Part of Thibaut's 'System'; which was soon followed by a volume of Cambridge Emujs containing that by Sir Henry Maine on 'Soman Law and Legal Education ' (reprinted in his 'Village Communities'). To be told in 1856, not only that ' texts of lioman Law have been worked into the foundations of our jurisprudence,' but also that 'it is not because our jurisprudence and that of Roman Law were once alike that they ought to be studied together, it is because they trill be alike,' was for our lawyers to learn, though slowly, the need of radical reform in elementary professional study.

In the year 1872 we find a master of English Case Law speaking of the Roinan Law as 'a system that more than any other exhibits the principles which ought to, and to some extent do, underlie the jurisprudence of all nations ': so thought the late Lord Justice Mellish. And it seems to be admitted on all sides that an exact knowledge of legal

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