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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

THE LORD BROUGHAM AND VAUX,

THIS TREATISE

IS,

WITH HIS LORDSHIP's PERMISSION,

MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.

More than a quarter of a century has passed, since the author of the following Treatise called the attention of the Profession to the decisions of the House of Lords, in cases of appeal from Scotland. Up to that period, the early decisions had remained in a great degree neglected and unknown. The collection of them, which he then published, has since been continued by Mr. Craigie, and Mr. Stewart, of the Scottish Bar.

In the course of his professional life his attention has been directed to the subjects, which are treated of in the following pages.

Unavoidable circumstances have delayed the publication to a later period than he had at one time anticipated ; but he now gives the result of his labours in a new field of inquiry, under a strong impression that a revision and consolidation of the Law of Succession, in regard to Personal Property, would be attended with effects highly beneficial to every part of the Empire.

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