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LAW OF EVIDENCE.
BY S. MARCH PHILLIPS, Esq.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.
SECOND AMERICAN EDITION.
NOTES AND REFERENCES TO AMERICAN AUTHORITIES.
BY AN EMINENT COUNSELLOR AT LAW.
VOLUME THE SECOND.
AND BY WILLIAM GOULD AND CO.
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"A Treatise on the Law of Evidence. By S. March Phillips, Esq. of the Inner Temple. Barrister at Law. Second American Edition : with Notes and References to American Authorities. By an eminent Counsellor at Law. Volume the Second.”
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OF THE AMERICAN EDITOR:
THE Editor of the Second Volume of The TREATIse on Evidence bas had principally in view to collect, in his notes, the decisions of the courts of our own country, upon the subjects discussed by the author: but as those decisions have now become very numerous, it was soon perceived that inserting them all, would swell the notes to a great and disproportionate bulk. Hence he was obliged to adopt some rule of restriction; and that of confining himself, almost entirely, to the adjudications of a few. courts, the most distinguished for their learning and talent, although an arbitrary course, appeared preferable to any other.
It will be seen that the editor has taken a wider range of annotation, than was absolutely required by the text; and that, in some instances, he has enlarged upon topics, which, if they are not extrinsic to, still, are not necessarily connected with, the subject of the work. His labours, however, in this respect, will not be thought superfluous, when it is considered, that by this means he has combined much useful information, which had not, as yet, found its way into treatises and compilations.