Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of King's Bench and in the Provincial Court of Appeals of Lower Canada: With a Few of the More Important Cases in the Court of Vice Admiralty and on Appeals from Lower Canada Before the Lords of the Pri

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IN the absence of any regular reports of the decisions of' the superior courts of this country, persons entering upon the practice of the-law find it a matter of much difiiculty to make themselves acquainted with many of these decisions, settling important principles of law. The dangers to which parties must every where be subjected from the want ofreports of'judicial decisions, are peculiarly aggravated under a system derived from such various sources as is the law of Lower Canada. Feeling this inconvenience, I was early induced to direct my attention to the collection of the more important cases, and as they increased in number, I was led to believe that the publication of them might not be with out use to the profession. I was encouraged to publish them by several of' my friends in the profession, and was further induced to make the attempt by the offer which the Honorable the chief'justice of the Province, mr. Sewell, was pleased to make, in the most obliging manner, to afford me access to his original minutes. With this aid, and with the cordial co-operation of seve ral members of the profession, I trust, that it will be found that the judgments are reported with strict accu racy as to the chiefgrounds and substance of them. Much will, doubtless, yet remain to be done; but if the present humble effort serve only to mitigate the evils incident to the absence of regular reports, and to hasten the period of their publication, I shall not regret the time and labor bestowed upon the present collection.

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