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The difficulty of the preparation of such a work, and the fact that a book of practice would benefit the Indiana bar more than the author, led him, at the suggestion of others in the profession, to issue a circular asking suggestions upon points of practice, and models of forms. But as this request met with no response, he is led to the conclusion that it was not a reasonable one.

Although the preparation of the work has involved much labor, and the sacrifice of healthful leisure and recreation, if it shall, as it is intended, aid the student and the practicing lawyer in their work, the author will feel that he is amply compensated. How far he has contributed to this end, he submits to his indulgent brethren of his chosen profession.


EVANSVILLE, February, 1879.

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