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ELEMENTARY LAW.

BY

WILLIAM C. ROBINSON, LL.D.

PROFESSOR OF ELEMENTARY LAW IN YALE COLLEGE

BOSTON:

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

1882.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882,

BY WILLIAM C. ROBINSON, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington

UNIVERSITY PRESS:
JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

TO

HENDRICK BRADLEY WRIGHT,

OF PENNSYLVANIA,

IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS KINDNESS AS AN INSTRUCTOR

AND HIS FIDELITY AS A FRIEND,

THIS TREATISE

IS

RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

PREFACE.

This work is intended to serve three purposes : (1) To form a text-book for the use of students in law-schools, and of others who are under competent instruction ; (2) To guide private students in their investigation of the rules and definitions of the law; (3) To render students familiar with some of the leading treatises upon the principal topics of the law.

An experience of several years, in the direction of legal studies, has convinced the author, that the progress of the student, in the different branches of the law, is vastly facilitated by a previous examination of those branches collectively, and with reference to their relations to each other. In order to provide the means of thoroughly and quickly making this examination, he has, therefore, endeavored to bring together, in this narrow compass, the elementary principles and doctrines of the law, exhibiting them in their logical and practical connections with each other, and thus acquainting the student, at the outset of his labors, with the nature and scope of the science, which he is afterwards to master in detail.

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