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of court during term, but of which, from the facility afforded by writing short hand, the author was enabled to copy nearly the whole. The cases reported in 2 Caines' Cases in Error were given to him by Mr. Coleman on his quitting the bar, and had been furnished to him by the bench with a view to their being printed. Most of them have been since published in Mr. Johnson's Cases; those which were misreported, correctly; the matter of the others either a little added to, or the phraseology a little varied.

GEORGE CAINES. 8th April, 1813.



In a jurisprudence where the judgments of the past are to regulate those of future times; where that which has been, is to form the rule of that which is to be, the utility and importance of transmitting, to those who are yet to come, decisions of our days, to be acknowledged, need only be named. The inconveniences resulting from the want of à connected system of judicial reports, have been experienced and lamented by every member of that profession for whose use the following sheets are peculiarly designed. The determinations of the court have been with difficulty extended beyond the circle of those immediately concerned in the suits in which they were pronounced; points adjudged have been often forgotten, and instances might be adduced where those solemnly established, have, even by the bench, been treated as new. If this can happen to those before whom every subject of debate is necessarily agitated and determined, what must be the state of the lawyer, wbose sole information arises from his own practice, or the hearsay of others ? Formed on books, the doctrines of which have in many respects been wisely overruled, he must have frequently counselled without advice, and acted without a guide. To alleviate these embarrassments, and disseminate that which it concerns all to know, the following Reports have been undertaken. Their continuance will be regular by quarter-annually publishing in each vacation the decisions of the last preceding term.

The reporter would ill deserve the favors he has received did he not in the fullest manner avow their extent. Their Honors on the bench, with a kindness and warmth of encouragement, for which far more is felt than it is possible

to express, have unreservedly given their written opinions, and the whole bar has frankly and generously afforded their cases, and every other communication that was wished or desired. To these aids the clerk of the court has added an unlimited recurrence to the papers and pleadings his office contains.

From this enumeration of assistance it will appear that the reporter's exertions have been reduced to little more than arranging the materials received, and giving, in a summary manner, the arguments adduced. In stating these it has been necessary to condense; to shorten, but not deviate from the path counsel have been pleased to elect. So little has this been done, that in some instances, it has been thought right to tread in their steps, and the very words have been adhered to, because they have been considered as mirrors reflecting the case, without which it would often be impossible to behold it in the light represented to the bench. To omit altogether what the advocate has urged, and specify his points alone, has more than once been suggested; but believing the reasonings of the barrister to form the link which connects the case with the decision, it was thought impossible, without in some degree preserving the language of the pleader, to do justice to either. Notwithstanding every endeavor to render this, it must be confessed that it has not always been accomplished ; and the eloquent in the law will often have to regret the inadequacy of their reporter. For this their forgiveness in entreated : the fault is not in the man, but the nature of the thing. Where is the original that in the copy has not lost fire and colour? With this apology the reporter takes his leave of a bar to whom he is, in every sense of the word, truly obliged.

GEORGE CAINES, New-York, February, 1804.




(Those in Italics are from Manuscript Reports read or referred to.]

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. 147

· 217

Abbott v. Broome .

292 Callagan et al. v. Hallett & Bowne 104 Abeel v. Woolcot and another

280 Camman v. N. Y. Ins. Company 111 Alexander v. Esten 152

129 Allen v. Brace

Campbell v. Munger et al.

107 Anonymous

Carpenter v. Butterfield 24, 73 Caskaden, ex parte

346 Arden and Close v. Rice, et al. 498 Church v. United Ins. Company

7 Arjo v. Monterio

248 Clarkson v. Gilford Atterbury v. Teller

323 Codwise et al. v. Hacker 74, 526 Cogswell v. Vanderburgh 155 Cole v. Stafford .

. 249 B

Coles et al. v. Thompson 517

Combs v. Wyckoff Baker and Rowlson v. Arnold 258 Coullon v. Bowne .

288 Bancoft v. White

185 Barnwall v. Church Bedle et Ux. v. Willet

7 Bell v. Rhinelander


Blagge v. United Ins. Company 549
Bogert and Lewis v. Hildreth 1
Bordes v. Hallet

444 Deas v. Smith
Bowne v. Hallett
517 Delamater v. Borland

593 v. Shaw

Den v. Fenn v. Neilson & Bunker

489 Depeyster & Charlton v. Gardner 492 Borone v. N. Y. Ins. Company . 290 Dirkee v. Bracket .

501 Brain v. Rodelicks and Shivers 73 Dow v. Smith

32 Brandt, ex dem, Rickets and an

Drake et al. v. Elwin et al. 184 other, v. Buckhouts 113 Duff v. Van Zanult

23 Brander, ex dem. Fitch, v. Mar. Duguet v. Rhinelander

289 shall

394 Brett and Bunn v. Hood 343 Brinkerhoof v. Van Alstine . 10 Brown & Kimberly v. Neilson &


Everit ads. The People

8 VOL. I.-B

. 171

. 487





Jackson, ex dem. Williams, v. Cham-
berlin et al.

171 Fallmer v. Steele


Hogeboom, v. Foot v. Crosswell . 498 Stiles

249, 501 Finch, v. Kough 251

Green, v. Bil-


- Putnam, v. Bowen Gilbert v. Brazier . 13

358 Gilchrist v. Van Wagenen . . 499

Staring, v. DefenGilliland v. Morell . 154 dorf

493 Given v. Driggs.

Rosekrans, v. Howd Gordon v. Bowne , 513

503 Governeur & Kemble v,

Smith, v. Ham-
Insurance Company
592 mond.

. 496 Same v. Same

Low et. al., v. Graham v. Woodhull.

497 Reynolds Griswold and another v. Stough

Prior et al., v. 6 Brown

484 Grover v. Green . 115 Jackson v. Mann

123 Jenks v. Hallet & Bowne

60 Jones v. Emerson .

487 н Jones v. Reid

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Hallett v. Cotton

11 Halsey v. Watson


K Hart v. Hosack

25 Hawkins v. Bradford , . 160 Kemble v. Bowno.

76 Henderson v. Brown

92 Kirby v. Watkies Herick v. Manley

253 Kirby v. Cogswell . 484, 505 Heyl v. Burling 14 Knap v. Palmer .

. 486 Hildreth y. Ellice

. 192 Hitchcock & Fitch v. Aicken . 460 Hoffman & Seaton v. Smith 157 Hopkins v. Beedle

347 Houghton v. Strong

486 Lackey & Briggs v. M'Donald Hudson v. Henry

67 Lawrence & Whitney v. Vanhorn Huguet v. Hallett 55 & Clarkson

276 Hunn v. Bowne 23 Lawrence v. Wagenen

. 276 Leavenworth v. Delafield v. Dale

573 I

v. Bowne

v. Delafield Imlay v. Sands .

. 566 Livingston v. Delafield .

-- v. Rogers 487, 583 Lodge v. Phelps

412 J Lowry v. Lawrence

69 Lusher v. Walton.

149 Jackson, ex dem. Ludlow, v. Webb 116 Lyle v. Clason

323, 581 Jackson, ex dem. Jauncy, v. Cooper and another

Low et al., v.


- Potter, y. Hub. M'Gregor v. Loveland

66 bard

82 M'Grath & Higgins v. Church. 196 Winter v. Mac- M'Neil's Case.

72 Evoy . 151 M'Vickar v. Alden

58 Rodman, v. Brown

117 152

v. Lane
Watson, v. Marsh Manhattan Co. v. Herber:

v. Smith.

67 Le Roy, v. Stern

v. Ledyari 192 berg


v. Brower 511

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