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ON THE

RULES WHICH GOVERN

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INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION

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STATUTORY

AND

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.

BY

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

AUTHOR OF A TREATISE ON THE MEASURE OF DAMAGES.

"Maximum interpretationiv juridica mysierium."

Hetnecc. de Orig. Tent. Fact et Ex. XII. § Ix.

NEW YORK:
JOHN S. VOORHIES, LAW BOOKSELLER AND PUBLISHER,

No. 20 NASSAU STREET.

335237

Entered according to Act of Congress, In the year 1857, by

THEODORE SEDGWICK,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of

New York.

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PREFACE.

A Very slight glance at the field of jurisprudence is sufficient to convince us of the extent to which written law is making inroads upon the field of unwritten, customary, or common law.

One branch after another of the great topics of our science, become subjects of legislation. Statutes, codes, and constitutions succeed each other, and in our time, with greatly-increased rapidity, threaten finally to absorb every topic of jurisprudence.

This process commenced long since, and is now going on, on the continent of Europe, in England, and this country, with equal certainty if not with equal rapidity. Here particularly, in the absence of the State machinery and the social and religious organizations of the old world, the very essence of our system may be said to be the government of 2n Law.

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