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THE SIXTEENTH EDITION,
AVD WITH NOTES
OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.
PRINTED BY A. STRAHAN,
FOR T. CADELL IN THE STRAND;
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
ROBERT LORD GIFFORD,
BARON OF ST. LEONARD's,
MASTER OF THE ROLLS, AND ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S
MOST HONOURABLE PRIVY COUNCIL.
In requesting permission to inscribe this edition of Blackstone's Commentaries to Your Lordship, I was actuated by motives of high and unfeigned respect for qualities and attainments upon which I will not here enlarge. I believed too, that your attachment to our common profession would make you look with a favourable eye on any well-meant attempt to render it service, and that you would not unwillingly connect your name with a work which, more than any other, has tended to liberalise the practice of the law, and to disseminate a knowledge of its principles generally through the English nation. I did not of course hope that faults in execution, of which I was myself conscious, would
escape Your Lordship; but I knew that the most able are commonly the most candid judges, and I was sure that in detecting my errors, the difficulty of avoiding them would not escape your consideration.
I have only now to request Your Lordship to receive the work with the same kindness, with which
your permission to present it to you was accorded to me, and to subscribe myself, with great sincerity,
Your Lordship's most obliged
and obedient Servant,
JOHN TAYLOR COLERIDGE.
TEMPLE, June 20th, 1825.
In undertaking to prepare a new Edition of the Commentaries, I proposed to myself three principal objects : 1st, to verify and correct the text, and the original references; 2d, to notice such alterations in the law as had been made by the legislature, and such errors as had been pointed out by judicial decisions, since the death of the Author; and lastly, within certain limits to supply, and to explain what appeared to me to have been left either wanting, or unnecessarily difficult in a book of elementary institutes.
The first of these I have not literally accomplished; for I was unable to procure some of the authors referred to; and as to others, of which there have been several editions, I have contented myself with ascertaining that they warranted the position in the text, without being able, in every instance, to correct the reference to the page. But these were principally cases in which the citation had been made rather for illustration or ornament than for legal authority : in those of the latter description, it will be found that I have corrected many errors which had crept into the copies; and, I trust, I have thereby facilitated the search of the student, who is anxious