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STATE OF NEW YORK,
TOGETHER WITH ALL THE
OTHER GENERAL STATUTES,
(Except the Civil, Criminal and Penal Codes)
AS AMENDED AND IN FORCE ON
JANUARY 1, 1896,
WITH AN INDEX, IN ONE ALPHABETICAL ARRANGEMENT, TO THE
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six,
BY BANKS & BROTHERS,
in the ofâce of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
The term "Revised Statutes," as a title for a compilation of the general statutes of this State, is misleading to those not familiar with the historical order of the different editions. In previous editions, the statutes have been arranged, as nearly as practicable, in the topical order of the original "Revised Statutes" of 1827–8, by inserting other legislation between different portions of the "Revised Statutes." In view of the condition of the revision now in progress, it has seemed to the editor of the present edition impracticable to continue that arrangement.
Instead of a topical arrangement, this edition presents, first, the "Revised General Laws," so far as enacted, in the order of their general chapter numbers; second, the "Revised Statutes" as now in force; and third, the unrevised general statutes in the chronological order of their passage. The editor believes that it will be more convenient to refer, without the necessity of consulting indexes or tables, directly to a statute cited, and to rely upon the index and crossreferences for discovering all the statutes upon a given topic.
The annotations are principally devoted to cross-references to the statutes, on the theory that the practicing lawyer will prefer to consult the digests for the decisions, and, in a compilation of the statutes, will wish to find as speedily as possible, all the statutes bearing upon the topic under investigation. In harmony with this theory, the State Constitution, the three Codes and all the other general statutes are indexed under one alphabetical arrangement.
Persons discovering errors in this edition will confer a favor upon the editor by promptly notifying him thereof.
32 Nassau St., New York. January 1, 1896.
CHARLES A. COLLIN.