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NEW RULES OF ADMIRALTY PRACTICE PRESCRIBED BY THE SUPREME COURT OF THE
STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK,
BY ALFRED CONKLING.
SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857,
By ALFRED CONKLING, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the Northern District of
WEED, PARSONS & CO.,
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The design of the following work is not to supersede other books, but to supply a want. Of the existence of this want, the author became painfully sensible, when, by the passage of a late act of Congress, imposing upon the District Courts of the United States a quasi admiralty jurisdiction over certain causes arising upon the Great Lakes, he became for the first time unexpectedly charged with the duty of making himself intimately acquainted with the limits of the admiralty jurisdiction of the Courts of the United States ; with the principles of maritime law, pertaining to the several subjects falling within the scope of that jurisdiction; and especially with the forms of Admiralty Procedure. This work has its origin in the pressing necessity under which the author found himself thus placed ; and it is now offered to the public, in the earnest hope that it will prove useful to others.
The foregoing observations, it is true, apply with less cogency to the first than to the second part of the work; but if the principal subjects of admiralty jurisdiction have been more ably, and some of them more amply treated by others, the author trusts that he has not erred in