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KENT'S COMMENTARY

ON

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

Cambridge: PRINTED BY C. J. OLAY, M.A.

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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BARRISTER AT LAW,
BEGIUS PROFESSOR OF LAWS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,

AND LAW LECTURER AT GRESHAM COLLEGE.

CAMBRIDGE:

DEIGHTON, BELL, AND CO.
LONDON: STEVENS AND SONS, BELL YARD.

1866.

133559

AUG 1 8 1949

PREFACE.

The science of International Law has never lacked able and eloquent exponents from the times of Ayala and Alberic Gentili down to our own. But it must be acknowledged that, among modern authors at all events, there are three whose learning and labour, as judges and writers, have shed glory over the legal literature of the United States, and have earned the singular distinction of being recognized as authorities on International Law throughout Europe. I need scarcely say that I speak of the honoured names of Story, Wheaton, and Kent.

Of these three the expressed views and opinions of the first on public International Law have not been put forth in any regular connected shape, but are to be found in short essays, and in those admirable judgements which have made his name a household word among English lawyers. The second has indeed published an able, a learned, and an impartial treatise, but the notes that now

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