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THE

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

OF THE

LAW OF EVIDENCE.

By EDMUND POWELL, Esq.

OF LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD, M.A., AND OF THE INNER TEMPLE,

BARRISTER-AT-LAW.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

BUTTERWORTHS, 7, FLEET STREET,

Law Publishers to the Queen's most excellent Majesty;
HODGES, SMITH & Co., GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN.

PREFACE

TO THE FIRST EDITION.

In this Treatise on the Practice of the Law of Evidence I have endeavoured to state, clearly and concisely, all those principles of this branch of law which are of most frequent and practical importance in the Courts. It is apparent that a compendium of a subject which has been exhausted by such writers as Phillipps, Taylor, Starkie, and Roscoe, can have little pretension to originality; and I am bound to acknowledge the great extent of my obligation to all these authors, and especially to the elaborate works of the two former gentlemen. There are few legal topics which afford a modern writer any ground for claiming the merit of originality in the treatment of them ; and I have no wish to advance any such claim. At the same time I may be permitted to disclaim all intentional plagiarism, and to state, that whenever I have [Ev.]

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