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Ut non difficile sit, quæcunque nova causa consultatione acciderit,

ejus tenere jus.-Cic. De Leg.

BOSTON:

WELLS AND LILLY---COURT-STREET.

1824.

DISTRICT OF RHODE ISLAND, TO WIT:

BE it remembered, that on this fourth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, and in the forty-ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Joseph K, Angell, of said district, deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author in the following words, to wit

A Treatise on the Common Law, in relation to Water-courses. Intended more particularly as an Illustration of the Rights and Duties of the Owners and Occupants of Water Privileges. To which is added, An Appendix, containing the Principal Adjudged Cases. By Joseph K. Angell, Counseller at Law. Ut non difficile sit, quæcunque nova causa consultatione acciderit, ejus tenere jus.

Cic. De. Leg. In Conformity to the Act of the Congress of the Unitel 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, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Propri etors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching Historical and other Prints."

BENJAMIN COWELL,
Clerk of the District of Rhode Island.

Preface.

A DIGEST of the law, which regulates the use and enjoyment of Water-courses, has long been a desideratum. That it should have been, is not surprising, when it is considered that our country is peculiarly distinguished, as well for the numbers as for the

magnitude of its rivers, and that the most humble rivulet is designed for convenience and benefit, and may

be made subservient to useful and important purposes.

Such a work has been required not only for professional reference, but for conveying information to those who are directly interested, and especially to those who are the owners and occupants of mills and mill privileges. The motive, then, for collecting and arranging the materials for the following work, was a regard for the convenience of the profession, and the advantage of that portion of the community whose rights and duties are the subject of inquiry.

The plan of putting the adjudged cases into an Appendix, (instead of introducing them into the body of the work, agreeably to the mode generally followed) is adopted by Mr. Montague, in his several works

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