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OF THE LAW OF
BILLS OF EXCHANGE,
BY SIR JOHN BAYLEY, KNT.
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:
District Clerk's Office.. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-ninth day of April, A. D. 1826, in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Harrison Gray, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“Summary of the Law of Bills of Exchange, Cash Bills, and Promissory Notes, by Sir John Bayley, Knt. one of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench. From the Fourth London Edition, revised by the Author. With Notes and References to American Decisions ; by Willard Phillips and Samuel E. Sewall."
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.”
JNO. W. DAVIS,
The present edition of this treatise is taken from the late London edition, prepared by the author himself, whose well known talents and learning, and reputation as a lawyer and a judge of the Court of King's Bench, are a sufficient recommendation of the work, which, as it recently came from his hands, is the fruit of his long experience, accumulated knowledge, and matured judgment. His statements of cases are remarkably concise and complete ; he distinguishes the decided points with great accuracy, and lays down general doctrines comprehensively, and at the same time with clearness and precision, so that his work, while it is acceptable and useful to lawyers, may be easily understood and safely followed by others.
A part of the chapter on stamps is omitted, as are also two or three of the British statutes which were inserted at large in the London edition.
A few recent English decisions, and all the American cases within the knowledge of the editors, of which reports could be obtained, have been referred
to, or inserted in this edition. As some of these cases embrace new points, the insertion of them rendered it necessary to make corresponding additions to the text, where they could be made without interrupting the connexion. The additions are included in brackets.
Boston, April 29th, 1826.
THE FOURTH LONDON EDITION.
This edition contains the .cases since the last, and a new chapter upon the Forgery of Bills and Notes.
The profession has sustained a great loss in Mr. Barnes. He was a man of great promise, and most respected where best known: had he been living, this edition would have come from him ; but his death, and other circumstances, have induced the original author to prepare and superintend this edition.