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FULL EXPLANATIONS OF THE TECHNICAL TERMS AND PHRASES
THEREOF, BOTH ANCIENT AND MODERN.
INCLUDING THE VARIOUS
LEGAL TERMS USED IN COMMERCIAL BUSINESS ;
a Translation of Latin Law Marims,
AND SELECTED TITLES FROM
THE CIVIL, SCOTCH, AND INDIAN LAW.
THE EIGHTH EDITION.
IlITH NOTICES OF TILE STATUTES UP TO THE END OF 1888,
J. M. LELY, ESQ., M.A.,
EDITOR OF WOODFALL'S LANDLORD AND TENANT,' 'CHITTY'S STATUTES,' ETC., ETO
STEVENS AND SONS, LIMITED,
PREFACE TO THE EIGHTH EDITION.
SINCE the appearance of the last edition of this work in 1883, the
Rules of the Supreme Court have been consolidated with amendments, and many important statutes, such as the Bankruptcy Act, the Agricultural Holdings Act, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, the Registration Act, and other statutes relating to Parliamentary Elections, the Coroners' Act, the Sheriffs' Act, the County Courts Act, and the
Local Government Act, have completely changed the form or substance Hof the law. The effects of the changes have been stated with, it is
hoped, sufficient particularity, and the work has been purposely kept back to enable the editor to notice the statutes which received the Royal Assent in December last.
New or Revised Articles have also been supplied under many titles not affected, or only slightly affected, by recent legislation, but left untouched or incomplete in former editions, as Custom of the Country,'‘Depositions,
Depositions,’ ‘Bar Committee,' 'Incorporated Law Society,' 'Public Meeting,' Succession Duties,' and `Marriage,' for the article on which latter subject the Editor is much indebted to his friend Mr. Nevill Geary of the Temple, while for considerable assistance throughout he has to thank his friend Mr. W. A. Peck of Lincoln's Inn.
J. M. LELY.
ÞREFACE TO THE SEVENTH EDITION.
The first edition of this well-known work was brought out in 1848, the second in 1860, the third in 1864, the fourth, by the late Mr. Brandt, in 1867, and the fifth and sixth by Mr. Shiress Will in 1872 and 1876. Mr. Will subjected the work to a thorough revision, and added as many as five hundred and fifty articles.
The present editor has endeavoured, in addition to bringing the various articles up to date of publication, to effect further improvements. By expunging matter which appeared to be out of place, such as the medical details which were to be found under the articles - combustibility,' 'mental alienation,' and poisons,' by abstracting statutes, and abridging or omitting Rules of Court which were set out in full, and by cutting down some few articles which ran too much into detail, the bulk of the Lexicon has been reduced by nearly one hundred and fifty pages, notwithstanding the many additions that it has been deemed necessary or desirable to make.
The additions and alterations have not been confined to subjects upon which new legislation has taken place or cases been decided, but have been extended much further :0.8., the articles on Audit, Intoxicating Liquors, Quiet Enjoyment, Schools, Solicitors, Compensation for Tenants' Improvements, and Stamp Duties, have been newly inserted, amplified, or re-written, the editor's object being to make the book more useful to the practitioner without being any less so to the student.
Articles on the subjects of the Bills of Exchange Act, the Married Women's Property Act, the Settled Land Act, and all the other important statutes of 1882, have been inserted in their proper places.
The editor wishes to acknowledge his obligations to Bouvier's Law Dictionary, to Bell's Lav Dictionary, and to Wilson's Indian Glossary, and to many friends and correspondents for various valuable suggestions.
J. M. LELY.