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À CLASSIFIED AND ANALYSED SUMMARY OF PUBLIC BILLS, STATUTES,
ACCOUNTS AND PAPERS, REPORTS OF COMMITTEES AND OF COMMISSIONERS, AND OF SESSIONAL
PAPERS GENERALLY, OF
THE HOUSES OF LORDS AND COMMONS.
DR. LEONE LEVI, F.S.A., F.S.S.,
or LINCOLN'S INN, BARRISTER-AT-LAW; PROFESSOR OF THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF COMMERCE
UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN, WÜRTEMBERG; AND AUTHOR OF “ COMMERCIAL
LAW OF THE WORLD," “MANUAL OF MERCANTILE LAW," ETC.
The conclusion of the Eighth Series of the “Annals of British Legislation " affords a favourable opportunity for the consideration of any measures calculated to impart increased vigour to the enterprise.
During eight years this Work has been the medium of furnishing a Digest of all the Papers presented to both Houses of Parliament from year to year; and it has thus given life and permanent utility to a vast mass of economical and political information, which was heretofore almost inaccessible and useless. Many a golden principle lies, in fact, embedded in our Parliamentary literature, but it must be extracted from the vast mass of heterogeneous materials under which it is buried.
It was anticipated at the commencement of the undertaking, that all our public institutions, such as City and Town Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, Scientific, Literary, and Mechanics' Institutions, Public Libraries, and Clubs, would welcome a work so useful for reference, and so truthfully illustrating the Annals of the Nation. It was believed that Members of both Houses of Parliament, merchants, bankers, and others, interested in the home, colonial, or foreign affairs of the country, would be glad to avail themselves of a work which provided an easy means of getting all the information on the course of legislation on any specific subject which the Blue Books themselves never furnish in a separate form. And though these expectations have not been to the full extent realized, it is gratifying to be able to state that since the commencement of the publication of the “Annals of British Legislation,” ample testimony has been borne in its favour, by