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Those who have been accustomed during the last eighteen years to consult the pages of this book, will readily discover that the present edition is not distinguished by such sweeping alterations of Customs' Laws and practice as have characterized many of its predecessors.
The few changes that have taken place, whether in the removal of restrictions, in the abolition of duties, or in the modification of the rules and regulations, will, however, be found incorporated in their proper sections.
Notwithstanding the paucity of fiscal enactments in the recent Session of Parliament, the contents of the present volume will, it is hoped, be found as useful as heretofore, many important additions of a miscellaneous character having been made, such as a largely extended list of Foreign Ports, newly adjusted Tables of Free Goods Imported, and of British Goods Exported, together with practical treatises on the Assessment of Wines and Spirits, and on the Mensuration of every variety of Timber and Wood.
To those friends who have for so many years made “ The British Tariff” their book of reference, and who have so generously and persistently rendered kindly services in its cause, the Compiler once more tenders his thankful acknowledgments.
No. 40, TREDEGAR SQUARE,
LONDON, Sept. 27, 1862.