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WITH A VIEW TO ITS
Application to Practice :
BEING A SERIES OF
À PLAIN FAMILIAR STYLE,
WHICH HAVE FOR THBIR OBJECT
TO ASSIST IN PREPARING DBAUGHTS, AND IN JUDGING OF THE OPE-
BATION OF DEEDS, BY DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE
&c. IN GENERAL USE:
PRINTED FOR W. CLARKE AND SONS, LAW BOOKSELLERS,
TO CHARLES BUTLER, ESQ.
MY DEAR SIR,
ALLOW me to place under your patronage the volume now offered to the profession. That it should be received favorably by a gentleman of your experience and extensive research in the study and practice of the Laws of Property ; by the Editor of those Annotations on Coke on Littleton which have been so deservedly admired by the profession, and cited with approbation even by the judges ; will not fail to ensure it a favorable reception with those for whose use it is intended.
That you approved of the work when in manuscript, and in an imperfect state, was one of the principal inducements to its publication. At the same time I am fully aware that I am more indebted to your friendship, and kind partiality, than to the merit of the work, for those very favorable terms in
which you have been pleased to express yourself of the performance.
To have merited your friendship is one of those sources of satisfaction, which have supported me, when others have failed ; and posterity will no doubt do ample justice to the liberality, with which you have countenanced those whom you thought likely to become useful members of the profession.
I consider myself only one of many who have been raised into notice under the protection of your patronage and good opinion; and I shall ever retain a grateful sense of the obligations I owe you.
I am, my dear Sir,
Your very faithful,
· RICH. PRESTON.
IN offering to the public a second edition of this volume, the author cannot refrain from acknowledging, with satisfaction, the very favorable reception which it experienced on its first publication.
The work has been carefully revised ; all the authorities have been studiously consulted ; and many additional observations have been introduced. A Table of the Terms, from as early a period as the ordinary occurrences of professional practice require, (a Table of great utility in investigating titles under recovery-deeds,) is now prefixed. For this Table the author is indebted to the kindness and liberality of a professional friend. For the revision of the work, and a laborious examination of the authorities, and a critical comparison of the propositions of the work itself with the autho