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THE CIVIL LAW,
THE LAW OF THE ADMIRALTY,
BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF
A Course of Lectures
READ IN THE
UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN,
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
CONTAINING THE VIEW OF THE ADMIRALTY LAW,
CORNER OF NASSAU AND CEDAR STREETS.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
SIR WILLIAM SCOTT, KNT.
JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT OF ADMIRALTY,
&c. &c. &c.
WHOSE SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE
AND UNRIVALLED ADMINISTRATION
THE CIVIL LAW,
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,
VERY OBEDIENT SERVANT,
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