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THE STATUTES OF WALES

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Origin, history, Laws, Language, Literature.

BY

SIR JOHN RHYS, M.A., D.Litt.
Principal of Jesus College, and Professor of Celtic in the University of Oxford,

AND

SIR D. BRYNMOR-JONES, LL.B.,
Bencher of the Hon. Society of the Middle Temple, King's Counsel

and Member of Parliament.

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Opinions of the Press.

“Altogether, whether looked at from the point of view of the student of antiquities, ethnology, and folk-lore, or from that of the modern politician or the student of national characteristics, we have seldom met with a more informing and valuable work. Nor is the mass of authentic information its sole merit. It is written brightly and sympathetically, yet with a remarkable abstinence from party colouring.”The Spectator.

“Nothing of such importance as this volume, to the student of Wales and the Welsh, has been published for a very long time."--Bookman.

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THE

STATUTES OF WALES

COLLECTED, EDITED, AND ARRANGED BY

IVOR BOWEN

BARRISTER-AT-LAW, OF THE SOUTH WALES CIRCUIT

WITH AN INTRODUCTION

T. FISHER UNWIN
LONDON

LEIPSIC
ADELPHI TERRACE

INSELSTRASSE 20

Lucy Osorio Guide

(All rights reserved.)

PREFACE

THE parliamentary enactments relating to Wales have not been, and are not now, easily accessible. There are very few libraries which contain a complete collection of the statutes at large. I have collected in this volume all the Acts of Parliament and parts thereof which refer to Wales, in order that they may be placed, for the first time, within the reach of those who are interested in the constitutional development and history of the Welsh nation. I commenced this somewhat laborious work many years ago, but professional duties delayed its completion.

I have received much assistance from Mr. John Ballinger, the learned librarian of the Welsh Reference Library belonging to the City of Cardiff, and desire to acknowledge the many facilities granted to me by him for making use of that splendid collection.

I wish to thank my two learned friends, Mr. Charles Henry Glascodine and Mr. Harold S. Stowe, of the South Wales Circuit, and also Mr. John Henry Jermine, for their valuable aid in preparing this work for the press.

IVOR BOWEN.

GOLDSMITH BUILDINGS, TEMPLE.

April 10, 1908.

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