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Southern District of New York, 18.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-fifth day of November, A. D. 1826, in (L. S)

the fifty-first year of the lodependence of the United States of America, James

Kent, of the said District, bath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit

“Commentaries on American Law. By James Kent. Volume I." In conformity to tho Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled " An Act, supplementary to an Act, en:itled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits iberoof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.

JAMES DILL,
Clerk of the Southern District of New York,

ENTERED according to the Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, by James Kent, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New. York.

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TO

WILLIAM JOHNSON, ESQ. .

DEAR SIR,

In compiling these volumes, (originally intended, and now published, for the benefit of American students,) I have frequently been led to revisit the same ground, and to follow out the same paths, over which I have so often passed with you as a companion to cheer and delight me.

You have reported every opinion which I gave in term time, and thought worth reporting, during the five and twenty years that I was a Judge at Law and in Equity, with the exception of the short interval occupied by Mr. Caines' Reports. During that long period, I had the happiness to maintain a free, cordial, and instructive intercourse with you; and I feel unwilling now to close my labours as an author, and withdraw myself finally from the public eye, without leaving some memorial of my grateful sense of the value of your friendship, and my reverence for

your character. In inscribing this work to you, I beg leave, sir, at the same time, to add my ardent wishes for your future welfare, and to assure you of my constant esteem and regard.

JAMES KENT.

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