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AMERICAN L A W. ·

BY JAMES KENT.

VOLUME I.

NINTH EDITION.

BOSTON:
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY.

M.DCCC.LVIII.

Southern District of New York, 88.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-fifth day of November, A. D. 1826, in the fifty-first

year of the Independence of the United States of America, JAMES KENT, of the said dis-
trict, has deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author,
in the words following, to wit:

" Commentaries on American Law. By JAMES KENT. Vol. I." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” And also to an Act, entitled, An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.

JAMES DILL,
Clerk of the Southern District of New York.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, by JAMES KENT, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.

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ADVERTISEMENT

· TO THE NINTH EDITION.

In presenting the Ninth Edition of Kent's Commentaries to the Profession, the Editor renders his acknowledgments to Messrs. George Miller Hobbs, Richard Olney, George Putnam, Jr., and George Wales Soren, by whom the new authorities, inserted in this edition were collected, and the additional notes almost exclusively prepared. These gentlemen, members of the Law-School of Harvard University, were introduced to the Editor by his friend, Mr. Parsons, the Dane Professor of Law in the University, who himself has taken an interest in the preparation of this edition.

New York, February, 1858.

ADVERTISEMENT

TO THE SEVENTH EDITION.

THE seventh edition of Kent's Commentaries is the first that has been published containing any additions or alterations not made by the Author. As the work has become, in a great degree, a Digest of American Law, of practical use to the lawyer as well as the student, the Editor has endeavored to collect the principal decisions and statutory enactments that have been made since the appearance of the last edition. In some few instances, he has attempted, in a very limited manner, to illustrate or qualify some of the doctrines of the text.

The Editor is aware that this mode of collecting authorities is incompatible with exact method, and is, indeed, condemned by the Author himself; and it is quite possible that the original notes to the Commentaries, which were made at successive times, without regard to strict order, might be advantageously regulated and compressed. But, on reflection, he has not felt himself authorized to impair, in any degree, the integrity of the Commentaries, and the text and notes are presented in this edition, as they were left by the Author.

The great increase of the work has rendered the Author's index altogether too limited. A new and enlarged index has accordingly been added ; and, as a necessary effect of this index, a new numbering of the pages has been adopted. For the convenience of those possessing the previous publications of the work, the original

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