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THE LAW OF THE ADMIRALTY,
BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF
A COURSE OF LECTURES
XEAD IN THE
UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN,
ARTHUR BROWNE, LL.D. S.F.T.C.D.
PROFESSOR OF CIVr% LAvilN THAT UNIVERSITY, AND
• THE SECOND EDITION, WITH GREAT ADDITIONS.
CONTAINING THE VIEW OF THE ADMIRALTY LAW.
PRINTED FOR J. BUTTERWORTH, FLEET-STREET,
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
SIR WILLIAM SCOTT, KNT.
JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT OF ADMIRALTY^ S*r. He. tir.
Whose Superior Knowledge And Unrivalled Administration
THE CIVIL LA TV,
OF THE LAW OF NATIONS,
WHILE THEY REFLECT THE BRIGHTEST
PROVE, BEYOND ALL OTHER EXAMPLES,
THIS WORK IS
MOST HUMBLY DEDICATED,
IT is a remarkable truth, that while these countries have been super-eminently conspicous in naval grandeur, power and importance, and the law which governs the courts of admiralty proportionably interesting, no general elementary treatise upon that subject has appeared for more than a century. Those of Exton, Zouch, and Godolphin, learned and able as they are, were composed while the contests between the courts of common law and admiralty were at their height, and the limits of the jurisdiction of the latter totally unsettled. To shew that they still are not altogether settled by the rules of right reason, is one object of the present treatise; but