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COMPENDIOUS VIEW

OF

THE CIVIL LAW,

AND OF

THE LAW OF THE ADMIRALTY,

BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF

A Course of Lectures

READ IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN,

BY

ARTHUR BROWNE, LL.D. S.F.T.C.D.

PROFESSOR OF CIVIL LAW IN THAT UNIVERSITY, AND REPRE-

SENTATIVE IN THREE PARLIAMENTS FOR THE SAME.

FIRST AMERICAN FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION, WITH

GREAT ADDITIONS.

VOL. II.

CONTAINING THE VIEW OF THE ADMIRALTY LAW,

U.S. Liber

New Xork:
HALSTED AND VOORHIES, LAW BOOKSELLERS,

CORNER OF NASSAU AND CEDAR STREETS.

1840.

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то

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

SIR WILLIAM SCOTT, KNT.

JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT OF ADMIRALTY,

&c. &c. &c.

WHOSE SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE

AND UNRIVALLED ADMINISTRATION

OF

THE CIVIL LAW,

AND

OF THE LAW OF NATIONS,

WHILE THEY REFLECT THE BRIGHTEST

LUSTRE ON THOSE SCIENCES,

PROVE, BEYOND ALL OTHER EXAMPLES,

THEIR GREAT UTILITY,

THIS WORK IS

MOST HUMBLY DEDICATED,

BY HIS

VERY OBEDIENT SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

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PREFACE

TO THE

SECOND VOL U ME.

It is a remarkable truth, that while these countries have been super-eminently conspicuous in naval grandeur, power and importance, and the law which governs the courts of admiralty proportionably interesting, no general elementary treatise upon that subject has appeared for more than a century.

Those of Exton, Zouch, and Godolphin, learned and able as they are, were composed while the contests between the courts of common law and admiralty were

at their height, and the limits of the jurisdiction of the latter totally unsettled. To shew that they still are not altogether settled by the rules of right reason, is one object of the present treatise; but

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