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THE CORPORATE AND PUBLIC BODIES,
MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSION TO WHICH HE HAS THE HONOUR
THE INHABITANTS IN GENERAL
KINGSTON-UPON-HULL AND SCULCOATES,
THIS WORK IS DEDICATED,
BY THEIR FAITHFUL SERVANT,
This Publication was undertaken by the Compiler for the purpose of placing within the reach of his Townsmen, a complete Collection of the Acts of Parliament relating to Hull; the want of such a Work has been generally felt and acknowledged, as many of the more ancient Statutes, from lapse of time and other circumstances, have become extremely scarce. The Acts relating to Sculcoates have been added, as that parish may now be considered associated in interest as well as proximity with the town of Hull. He believes that no Act at all affecting either jurisdiction has escaped his attention.
The Acts for lighting, cleansing, and improving the town of Hull having been passed as circumstances rendered necessary, and the later, without expressly repealing the more early Acts, while many of their provisions were materially varied or annulled, have at length grown into a complicated mass, difficult to be understood or administered; the Compiler has endeavoured to lessen this difficulty by a series of notes and references, pointing out how each clause has been altered, repealed, confirmed, or otherwise affected by subsequent enactments. If he has in any degree contributed to render them more easy of application, his labour will not have been in vain.
The various Statutes have been digested under general heads, by which means all the laws relating to each subject are presented at one view. A Table of Contents refers tos pach of these heads, į Chronological Table, which he has endeavoured to render as accurate as possible, exhibits the order of time in which the Statutes were respecti: ly passed ; and, to increase the facility of reference, a copious Index is subjoined.
HULL, October, 1830.