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HENRY BUTTERWORTH, LAW BOOKSELLER,
No. 7, FLEET STREET.
It is now many years ago that I first conceived and communicated to my friends in private society, the design of composing a work on the Laws of England, to which the text of Blackstone should be in a great measure contributory; and in 1836 I announced that design to the public. Since this period, several works have issued from the press, purporting to be treatises either on the English Law in general, or on detached portions of it, and containing republications of Blackstone's text, in forms more or less entire, with the intermixture of new matter by the respective editors. While this circumstance affords some testimony to the value of the original conception (a), there is at the same time, no collision between any of these works and my own. With the exception of the general resemblance above pointed out,
(a) I do not mean by this expression, to suggest that the works in question are indebted to me for the design on which they are founded. With respect, indeed, to that which first made its appearance, I became apprised, very shortly after my advertisement, that it was in contemplation, and that one of the volumes was far advanced towards completion.