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A Second Edition of this Treatise has long been delayed by the pressure of professional engagements, and by the changes effected in the criminal laws during several successive sessions of Parliament. It has of course been an object that it should embrace, as far as possible, the statutes of consolidation and improvement, for which the country is so much indebted to the able and judicious exertions of Mr. Peel.
“ The crime of high treason was not originally included in the plan of this Work, on account of the great additional space
which the proper discussion of that important subject would have occupied ; and because prosecutions for that crime, happily not frequent, are always so conducted as to give sufficient time to consult the highest authorities.” These reasons, which were given in the Preface to the First Edition, have still been allowed to operate ; and the crime of high treason is not, therefore, one of the subjects discussed in the
following pages. The law upon all other indictable offences will, it is hoped, be there found in an appropriate arrangement: and a chapter or book upon the law of Evidence in criminal prosecutions, which formed a part of the original plan of the Work, has now been supplied by the kind assistance of my friend, Mr. E. Vaughan Williams, whose professional attainments abundantly assure the value of the addition.
WM. OLDNALL RUSSELL.
Lincoln's Inn, May, 1826.
In preparing this Edition for the Press, the system adopted by the Author has been followed as nearly as could be; and the Statutes and Cases have been introduced in a manner similar to that which the Author himself pursued in preparing the second edition.
It has been the object to render the Work as complete and accurate a collection of the Law upon the subjects, of which the Book professes to treat, as was practicable.
The new statutory provisions have been inserted at length from the statutes themselves; and the cases have been introduced in such a manner, as, it is hoped, may afford a clear view both of the facts and of the decision in each case. Particular attention has been paid to this point, in order to render the work useful on occasions where a question suddenly arises in the course of a trial, or where there may not be the means of referring to the Reports from which the cases are taken.
Some cases, collected by myself, have been inserted in the Work, and such are marked, “ MSS., C. S. G.”
Where any point of law has seemed to call for any remark, it has been thought better not to insert the observations upon it in
the Text, but to place them in Notes ; and these Notes, for the
In order to render the Book more complete, separate Indexes of
Being desirous to introduce Lord Denman's bill for amending
It was hoped that this Edition would have been published at
CHARLES S. GREAVES.
1, Harcourt Buildings, Temple,
July 11th, 1843.