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TO THE THIRD EDITION.
The Editor has now the pleasure of offering a Third Edition of this Volume to the Profession. Of the two previous editions more than the usual number was printed, and as these have been speedily exhausted, he has the satisfaction of thinking that the plan on which they have been edited has met the approbation of the Profession. He has spared no pains to render this edition more worthy of it. The numerous statutory alterations in the law since the last edition have been incorporated into the work, as well as those cases which, according to the opinion of the Editor, should find a place in an elementary work as making important variations of, or additions to, the law.
The Editor has also revised the whole text of this volume with much care, and has added very considerably to the text of the former editions. It has been his endeavour throughout to preserve most studiously the original design and arrangement of Blackstone, and to make such additions and alterations only as it may be supposed he would have made ; and acting in this spirit, the Editor has thought it proper, considering the recent important statutes on the subject, to expand Blackstone's incidental mention of copyholds, (which he has considered under the head of estates at will,) into a separate chapter, “ Of Estates by