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Sir WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, Knt,
ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'^ JUDGES OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS.
RE-PRINTED Veom The BRITISH COPY,
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PHILADELPHIA. M DCC LXXI.
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TH E following sheets contain thcsuhflance os a course osleBures on the laws of England, which ivere read by the author in the university of Oxford. His original plan took it's rife in the year 1753: and, notwithstanding the novelty ossuch an attempt in this ave and country, and the prejudices usually conceived avainst any innovations in the established mode of education, he hadthesatissa&ionto find (andhe acknowleges it with a mixture of pride and gratitude) that his endeavours were encouraged and patronized by those, both in the university and out'osit, whose good opinion and esteem he was principally desirous to obtain.
THE death of Mr Vineb, in 1756, and his ample benefaBion to the university for promoting the study of the law, produced about two years afterwards a regular and public establishment of what the author had privately undertaken. The knowlege of our laws and constitution was adopted as a liberalscience by general
\ academical academical authority; competent endowments were decreed for the support of a leBurer, and the perpetual encouragement os students; and the compiler oftfre ensuing commentaries had the honour to be elected the first Vinerian professor.
IN this situation he was led, both by duty and in' f fixation, to investigate the elements of the law, and fa grounds of pur cituipolity, with greater assiduity and attention than many have thought it necessary to dp. Jbidyct ail, 'wfro of late years have offended the pybfa administration ofjustice, must be sensible that a masterly acquaintance with the general sfnrit os laws and the principles of universal jurisprudence, combined with an accurate knowlege os au,r own municipal constitutions, their original, reason^ and history, hath given a beauty and energy to many modern judicial decisions, wish which our ancestors were wholly unacquainted. *If, in the pursuit os these inquiries, the author hath been able to rc3ify any errors which either himself or others may have heretofore imbibed, his pains will be sufficiently answered: and, if in some points he is still mistaken, the candid and judicious reader will make due allowances for the difficulties of afearch so mWj so extensive, and sa laborious.
2 Nov, 1765. ,