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A DIGESTED INDEX

TO

HOWELL'S EDITION OF THE STATE TRIALS.

BY DAVID JARDINE, Esq.

OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.

AN Index to Howell's Edition of the State Trials has long been a desideratum : amongst all classes of readers, and particularly amongst members of the legal profession, it has been a constant subject of regret that so valuable a repository of historical and constitutional information should be almost inaccessible, as a book of reference, for want of a convenient Index. The publishers, having determined to close the Work with the Thirty-Third volume, have much satisfaction in being able to announce to the Public, that a digested Index to the whole collection is now nearly ready for the Press, and will be published early in the Year 1827, and form the Thirty-Fourth volume of the entire Work.

In making this Compilation, the object has been to furnish the general, as well as the professional Reader, with an easy instrument of reference to every thing contained in the collection; and it has been considered that the simplest method of arrangement will be best calculated to effect this object. The Index, therefore, merely consists of two Tables, alphabetically arranged; the first being a Table of Names, with a short abstract under each name of the Contents of the Work, so far as they relate to the individual to whom the name belongs, and a reference to the passages in which he is mentioned : the second being a Table of principal matters, containing references to all the leading subjects, and all the incidental circumstances, throughout the whole collection. The heads of reference, in both Tables, have been made as numerous and particular as possible, with a view to afford a large number of such points as may most probably occur to the memory of the Reader, and by which he may be guided directly to the object of his search.

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