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1829. Excerpt: ... PREFACE. The utility of works expressly devoted
to the investigation of particular branches of jurisprudence, has
been universally acknowledged; and it is a matter of surprise,
that, among the numerous valuable text books already published, the
Law of Covenants has not been made the subject of a distinct
treatise. With the view of supplying the defect, the Author
undertook the heavy responsibility of composing this volume. To
collect, analyze, and reduce into order, the mass of confused, and
frequently contradictory cases on the subject; to expound their
general principles; and to exhibit, in a connected and
comprehensive form, the actual state of the Law of Covenants at the
present day, was the serious duty he imposed upon himself. With
what degree of success his endeavours may have been attended, he is
afraid to contemplate. Had he been aware of the difficulties
incident to the progress of his labours, he might, perhaps, have
abandoned his intention, and have left the task to others more
competent to carry it into execution. Most of the positions
advanced as law in these pages, will, it is apprehended, be found
to be fully warranted by the authorities cited in confirmation of
them. But in some instances, depending rather on a train of
reasoning for the conclusion arrived at, than admitting a
justification by any precise case in point, the Author has, with
much diffidence, submitted his own opinion. As his remarks are
easily distinguishable from the propositions sanctioned by judicial
determination, and will be estimated in proportion only to their
intrinsic worth, no danger can accrue to the student from their
perusal. He may adopt or repudiate them as his better judgment may
suggest. The selection of the Particular express Covenants treated
of in Part ...
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