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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine,

BY JOIIN W. EDMONDS,
in the Clerk's office of the district court of the Northern district of New York. The copyright extending

only to introduction, index, notes, order and arrangement.

WEED, PARSONS & COMPANY, PUBLISHERS,

PRINTERS AND STEREOTYPERS,

ALBANY, N. I.

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The following compilation is intended to embrace only all the statutes in force on the first of July, 1862, which are of general application and not merely temporary in character.

I have followed the topical arrangement adopted in the Revised Statutes, not because I deemed it the best that could be devised, but because an adherence to that plan would be most convenient, and a departure from it would produce all the annoyance of two systenis on the same subject.

That annoyance is manifested in a small way –in the Code of Procedure. The Revised Statutes are divided into Parts, Chapters, Titles, &c., making chapters more comprehensive than titles. In the Code this order is reversed so far as to make titles more comprehensive than chapters.

Whatever may have been the motive for this change, the inconvenience of it is obvious, and the incongruity it produces is illustrated by Chap. IV of Part Third of the Revised Statutes in this edition, as amended by the Code, where a strange jumble of cha; ters and titles will be found.

An anecdote related in Campbell's “Lives of the Chancellors,” repeated here (without its profanity) will explain the principle that has governed me.

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