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BRYAN WALKER, M.A., LL.D.
LAW LECTURER OF ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE;
AND FORMERLY LAW STUDENT OF TRINITY HALL.
EDITED FOR THE SYNDICS OF THE
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IN works on Jurisprudence and Roman Law references are so frequently made to the Digest, and a knowledge of its contents is so often taken for granted, that lawyers engaged in active work, and not having leisure to grapple with the difficulties of Law Latin, may possibly find an edition of its more interesting parts of some service. Indeed, when Dr Abdy and I were engaged on behalf of the Cambridge University Press, from 1870 to 1876, upon our editions of Gaius, Ulpian and Fustinian's Institutes, it was suggested to us by several lawyers of repute that we should do well to take in hand, after the completion of the aforenamed works, a translation of the Digest, or, at any rate, of such Titles of it as treat of topics wherein the English Law is considerably indebted to the Roman.
Dr Abdy's appointment to be Judge of County Courts has deprived me of his valuable assistance, but for some years past I have been collecting materials for a work of the description suggested to us when we were fellowlabourers, and I hope before long to publish an annotated translation of several Books of the Digest, if the present small instalment is received with favour.
The particular Title of Mandate is not perhaps the most interesting which could have been chosen for a beginning, but having it ready, I put it forward first, because it happens to be the selected topic for the Cambridge Law Tripos Examination of 1879; and therefore it will, I trust, supply an immediate want, and enable me also to ascertain whether the desire to have the Digest translated into English is entertained by any considerable circle of readers.
The Title Pro Socio will at any rate be published shortly, whether other Titles follow or not, in order to complete an edition of Book XVII.