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THE REPORTED CASES
DECIDED IN THE
SUPREME COURTS OP JUDICATURE IN INDIA,
COURTS OF THE HON. EAST-INDIA COMPANY,
AND ON APPEAL FEOM INDIA,
BY HER'MAJESTY IN COUNCIL.
TOGETHER WITH AN INTRODUCTION,
NOTES, ILLUSTRATIVE AND EXPLANATORY, AND AN APPENDIX.
WILLIAM H: MORLEY,
OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, ESQUIRE, BARRISTER-AT-LAW,
IF IT BB ASKED HOW THE LAW SnALL BE ASCERTAINED WHEN PARTICULAR CASES ARE
MENU, B. xii-T. 108.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
CONTAINING THE INTRODUCTION AND THE DIGEST.
"THE DOCTRINE Or THE,LAW THEN IS THIS: THAT PRECEDENTS AND RULES MUST RE FOLLOWED, UNLESS FLATLY ABSURD AND UNJUST: FOB THOUGH THEIR REASON BE NOT OBVIOUS AT FIRST VIEW, TET WE OWE SUCH A DEFERENCE TO FORMER TIMES AS NOT'TO SUPPOSE THAT THEY ACTED VHOLLY WITHOUT CONSIDERATION. UPON THE WHOLE, WE MAY TAKE IT AS A GENERAL RULE, 'THAT THE DECISIONS OF THE COURTS OF JUSTICE ARE THE EVIDENCE OF WHAT IS COMMON LAW:' IN THE SAME MANNER AS, IN THE CIVIL LAW, WHAT THB EMPEROR HAD ONCE DETERMINED WAS TO SERVE FOR A GUIDE FOR THE FUTURE."
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AND REGISTERED IN INDIA ACCORDING TO ACT XX. OF 1843
LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM WATTS,
SIR JAMES WEIR HOGG, BARONET,
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE
, OF THE
To no one could the following pages be so appropriately dedicated as to yourself. Your long experience as a Member of the Bar of Calcutta, and the prominent position you have more recently occupied in the direction of the affairs of India, render you peculiarly qualified to form an opinion of a work which necessarily embraces the different systems for the administration of justice in our Eastern Empire.
I submit this Digest of Cases to your criticism, with the assurance that your intimate knowledge of the various subjects it comprehends, enabling you of all others most fully to appreciate the numerous difficulties which have attended its compilation, will induce you to look with a favourable eye upon its many imperfections.