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PECULIAR JURISPRUDENCE

OF THE

COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES.

BY

BENJAMIN ROBBINS CURTIS, LL.D.

Second Edition,

REVISED AND ENLARGED.

BY HENRY CHILDS MERWIN,

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AUTHOR OF "THE PATENTABILITY OF INVENTIONS"; EDITOR of
WIN ON EQUITY AND EQUITY PLEADING," AND LECTURER
IN THE LAW SCHOOL OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY.

BOSTON:

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

1896.

MER-

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HARVARD
COLLEGE

LIBRARE!

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Copyright, 1880,
BY BENJAMIN R. CURTIS.

Copyright, 1896,

BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

UNIVERSITY PRESS:

JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

PREFACE

TO THE SECOND EDITION.

THE changes in the Statutory Law of the Federal Courts have been so great since the first edition of this book was published, that I have been obliged to omit a small part of it, and to add several new chapters and many new paragraphs. But my object has been-I need hardly say to meddle as little as possible with the work of so great a lawyer and such a master of legal style as Judge Curtis. The notes to the first edition with one or two

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exceptions- - were added by the editors of that edition. Most of them have been preserved in the present edition, and the new notes are enclosed in brackets. And so as to the text;my additions are enclosed in brackets, and all that part of it not so enclosed is the work of Judge Curtis, entirely unaltered.

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