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COMPILED AND ARRANGED
BY THOMAS M, COOLEY.
The Act under which this Compilation has been made, was passed February 2, 1857.
It provided that all General Laws then in force, including those passed by the then present Legislature, should be collected and reprinted, without alteration, under their appropriate Heads and Titles, with Marginal Notes and References, and an Index. The Laws so collected and arranged, were to be examined by two Commissioners, and Five Thousand Copies were to be printed, bound and deposited in the Office of the Secretary of State by the first day of November then next.
The Legislature of 1857 adjourned on the seventeenth day of February. To enable the Printer and Binder,
Neither the Revised Statutes of 1846, nor those of 1838, embraced all the Statutes of a general character
It would be surprising if a work of such magnitude, compiled in the brief space of time allowed, should be, in
In preparing the Compilation, the object kept most prominently in view has been the omission of no General
In every case of a General Statute, where it seemed to the Compiler, or to either of the Commissioners, that
In all cases of attempts to amend or repeal Statutes by enactments which seemed not themselves to comply
However plain it might seem, in any case, that a Statute, or part thereof, was void, for want of compliance
In all cases of General Statutes and Acts amendatory of General Statutes, passed since the Revised Constita-
And thus, though many an Enactment of doubtful validity may be retained, the Act, or defect, or Constitutional
These rules have been fully sanctionod by the Commissioners.
Doubtless there are cases in which the references to modifying and controlling Statutory and Constitutional Provisions are not as complete as they should have been, and at page 716 occurs an accidental omission of such a reference ; Section 2211 on that page being essentially modified by Section Nine, of Article Thirteen, of the Constitution ; but it is hoped that the lack in this particular is not so great as in any instance to mislead the reader.