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toricus," Mr Vernon Harcourt, Q.C., for valuable suggestions, and for friendly advice; and I also thank most cordially and gratefully the Librarian of the Inner Temple, Mr Martin, for many a kind act in the way of help, and for assistance of the most useful kind in the course of my researches in the Library of the Inner Temple. I have no doubt that Mr Martin's praise will be echoed by many other readers at that comfortable and excellent Library.

It will be seen that a portion of this work was in print during the progress, and before the termination of the late contest in the United States. My only apology for the length of time with which I have been engaged upon it is the interruptions I have received from the various duties I have to discharge.

LAMB BUILDINGS, TEMPLE,

February, 1866.

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

In presenting this second edition of “Kent's Commentary on International Law” I avail myself of the opportunity of thanking my friends Messrs Martin and Pickering, the Librarian and Sub-Librarian of the Inner Temple Library, for the ready help they have afforded me on all occasions when I have sought it.

I bave also to acknowledge with gratitude the great courtesy and attention I have received from the gentlemen connected with the Libraries belonging to the Foreign Office. In addition to the thanks I owe Mr Hertslet for his personal kindness, I wish to express my sense of the advantages he has conferred upon all students of International Law and Political History by the publication of his exhaustive and admirably arranged work, “The Map of Europe by Treaty."

J. T. ABDY.

GREAT BADDOW, ESSEX,

October, 1877.

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