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District of Pennsylvania, to wil:
BE

E IT REMEMBERED, that on the twentieth day of December, in the fortieth

year of the Independence of the United States of America, MATHEW CAREY, of the
said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claimes
as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

“Reports of Cases argued and adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States.
February term, 1816. Ry Henry Wheaton, Counsellor at Law. Volume I."

IN CONFORMITY to the act of Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for the
encouragement of learning, hy securing the copies of maps, cbarts, and books, to the
authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also, to
an act entitled, "An act, supplementary to an act, entitled, ao act for the encourage-
“ment of learning, by securing copies of maps, charts, and books, to authors and
* proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the bene-
"Its thereos to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching bistorical and other prints."

D. CALDWELL,
Clerk of the District of Penosylvaniz.

Printed ny van Winkle, Wiley & Co.
No. 101 Greenwich-Street, New York,

CXFORD

PREFACE.

In presenting to the profession the first volume of the Reports, which the editor is pledged to continue, he feels how much he will stand in need of its indulgence for the imperfections which may be discovered in a work, at once so important and difficult. It is not, however, with the view of deprecating the justice of criticism, that he offers a few remarks upon the nature of the undertaking, and the manner in which it has been executed.

Of the arguments of counsel nothing more has been attempted than to give a faithful outline; to do justice to the learning and eloquence of the bar would not be possible, within any reasonable limits : the reporter, therefore, trusts that his professional brethren will regard with candour the imperfections they may perceive, whilst the public will attribute them to the cause mentioned. It is possible that some important illustrations

may

have been omitted; but it is believed that the points and authorities have been faithful

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