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IN the Pleas of ABATEMENT', considering it a very important Plea, l have thought proper to give the utmost variety, notwithstanding I know there are many in the Books *, I mean the Ancient Entrier chiefly : for I have not found so
' many in Books of Precedents of later date. And if the
lctN ACCOUNT Isshave given few Forms of Plcadings, necessarily from the disuse of this (though a most benefidial) Action: there are, however, more in the present volume than in any other Book extant, with complete references to all the [Under-it and Ancient Ertrier.
Student and Pleader may with his eye immediately catch the subject and firm together. In the alphabetical manner in which the majority of Pleaders arrange their Pleadings, I have seldom seen-this analytical order relating to the stlbjsct.
NEXT follow the Pletu', Replirationr, &e. in ASSUMPSIT. The subdivffionr arising out out of this Head, namely, Proncding: by and tis-city? Particular Pershnr þ-Attomicr, by and again/I, in every species of Aaion z-Baron and FenugExccutam and Ad/ninzsistratorr, &e. &cu-Forms of beginning and ending every Declaration or Pleaz-the Judgment in AbatementF-Arcaunn-Affizmzzflt, and in every other Action ; all follow in their proper place and natural order, either in the body of the Work, if they form a distinct Precedent, bowe-Mr minute, or in the INDFX. For example, for the beginning and ending of a Plea in ABATEMENT, (which indeed form the Plea itself), see FORMS. ln like manner, for beginning: and ending: of Declarations in ASSUMPSlT in every possible way, see Begirmingr and Ending: of Declaratianr under that Head. These and other practical directions I
may occasionally give, are to be observed throughout the Work.
THE common Declarations in Indebitatur Affilmfflit, and the common Counts, are so familiar to every Attorney'-s
Clerk, and so easy to be found in every book of practice, that) \ that I had contented myfelf with referring to them; in the INDEX, as they are to be found disperse-rily throughout ASSUMPSIT: however, after having put my work to the press, at the instance of many of my younger friends in the Profeffion, I have given at the end of ASSUMPSIT one complete Form of every common Declaratian on all the ram
mon Courm. And therefore here I cannot too frequently,
a_nd too earnestly request the ff-itudenfs attention to the INDEX. Here the difficulty which has been and will be previoufly regarded as to the facility of turning to Precedents and Forms in the body of the Work, vanishes. Here every Precedent and every Form is so distributed, first by the ANALYSlS, and then by the references FOLLOWING EACH separate Head, as to leave it impossible for a person of the plainest intellect not to find what he wants ; All fall intotheir strictly natural place, and make this hithertodiflicult doctrine of Pleading capable of 'an easy comprehension, as well as prepare the pupil to read his Law Books, especially' in this branch of that science-to digest his reading, and improve his faculties.
IHAvE-taken all the Books of Practice of Modern Times, with the Reporters, and have chronologically Indexed all the Forms and Precedents whenever they have occurred in themi These, with my own work, form the Modern Part of my INDEX. I have next taken the Modern Entrzsier, with CoRNwALt. and TowNsrlENDss Table-r, and thrown the antique malsis into my own distribution. This forms the INDEX to the Ancient Entrier.
WLTH what fidelity and care I have executed this work of labor, Iam in the judgment of my superiors in experience and learning. But when the vast compass of the design, the prodigious variety of matter comprehended in it, and above all the difficulty of illuminating such a system by a strictly methodical arrangement purely analytical-when all these things are contemplated, and they must be so to