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It is now many years fmce 1 firfl: conceived the idea of attempting fuch a work. A multiplicity of divifions and fubdivifions only ferve to burthen the memory and weary the patience. 1 have only fought, where the occafion called for it, to reftore the true prin- ciples of the law ; and the better to enable me to do fo, I have availed myfelf of the works of for- eign writers of acknowledged authority upon the law of nations, upon marine law, and the law of infurance ; and I have freely had recourfe to them, wherever their afliftance would enable me to clear up a doubt, or to folve a dil Bculty. r ▼III ^ Preface, and from foreign authors, fuch materials as feemed necelfary to ei^le me to form a confident treatife on this branch of the fubject. Too ftrid an adherence to methodical arrangement only defeats the end which is meant to be attained by it. I have not, however, unnecei Tarily ftepped afide to make captious objedions. Under pretence of equity, the law is not to be forfaken.
V/here that is clear, it muft prevail, however hard it may ap.
— Efto, turpiter faciat ; fed, eft turpiter facit qui contra leges pacifcitur. Method, however, is only ufeful fo far as it conduces to perfpicuity. (a) Wherever I have found any decifion, or any dodrine advanced, which militated againil any ac- knowledged principle of law, I have, with a prop- er freedom, but v/ith decency and refpecl, pointed them out to the notice of the reader, with fuch obfer- vations as I thought it my duty to make on them.