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CASES ARGUED AND DETERMINED

IN THE

District Court of the United States

FOR THE

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK.

BY SAMUEL BLATCHFORD AND FRANCIS HOWLAND,

COUNSELLORS AT LAW.

VOLUME 1.

New-York :

JACOB R. HALSTED, LAW BOOKSELLER AND PUBLISHER

1855.

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, by

SAMUEL R. BETTS,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.

L="ST, OF THE
LELANS STAWF Wond, JR., UNIVERSITY

LAN SEPARTMENT,

JOHN W. AXEEMAN, Printer, No. 60 William-street, N. Y.

PREFACE.

It has long been a source of regret among the members of the legal profession, that there were no Reports of cases, particularly of Admiralty cases, adjudged in the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New-York, other than such as were to be found scattered here and there in legal periodicals. The variety and importance of the cases decided in that Court, within whose jurisdiction is found the chief commercial city of the Union, and the long experience and high juridical attainments of the distinguished Judge who, for nearly thirty years, has presided there, have seemed to warrant the preparation of formal Reports of some of the cases determined in that Court. The present volume embraces a selection of Cases in Admiralty, fifty-three in number, running through a period of nearly ten years. It is intended to publish other volumes containing cases down to the present time.

There is an apparent anachronism in citing the laws of the United States from Little & Brown's edition of the United States Statutes at Large. But this has been done, because that edition is a standard publication recognised by act of Congress, and has superseded, in most libraries, all earlier editions. In some instances, too, the Rules of Court referred to are cited by their numbers in the Rules now in force, as those in force at the dates of the decisions are entirely out of print, and 'the same Rules differ in their numbers in the two sets of Rules.

New-York, December 1st, 1855.

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The Honorable SAMUEL R. BETTS was appointed District Judge of the United States for the Southern District of New-York, on the 21st day of December, 1826, in the place of the Honorable William P. VAN Ness, deceased.

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