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has suggested, in conformity with the spirit of the
Laws, and the Constitution of the Country, for the
purpose of bettering the state of Society, and im-
proving the condition of human life,

If in the accomplishment of this object the Morals
of the People shall undergo a favourable change,
and that specjes of comfort and security be extended
to the inhabitants of this great Metropolis, which
has not heretofore been experienced, while many
evils are prevented, which in their consequences
threaten to be productive of the most serious mis-
chief, the Author of this Work will feel himself
amply rewarded in the benefits which the System he
has proposed shall be found to confer upon the
Capital of the British Dominions, and on the
Nation at large.

Published, by the Author of this Work;

A TREATISE

ON THE

COMMERCE AND POLICE

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THE RIVER THAMES:

CONTAINING

AN HISTORICAL VIEW OF
THE TRADE OF THE PORT OF LONDON :

THE DEPREDATIONS COMMITTED
ON ALL PROPERTY IMPORTED AND EXPORTED THERE;

THE REMEDIES HITHERTO APPLIED;
AND THE MEANS OF FUTURE PREVENTION,

BY COMPLETE SYSTEM OF

RIVER-POLICE,

WITH AN ACCOUNT OF
THE FUNCTIONS OF THE VARIOUS MAGISTRATES AND OTHERS

EXERCISING OR CLAIMING JURISCTION ON THE RIVER;

AND OF THE

PENAL STATUTES AGAINST MARITIME OFFENCES

OF EVERY DESCRIPTION.

Printed for J. MAWMAN, in the Poultry.

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CONTENT S.

C H A P. I.

GEXERAL VIEW OF EXISTING EVILS.

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Ineffective System of Criminal Jurisprudence.--

Facility of eluding Justice. -Severity and inequality of Punishments.--Necessity of revising our Penal Code.-Certain dangerous Offences not punishable. -Receivers of Stolen Property. - Ertent of Plunder in the Metropolis, &c.-Proposed Restrictions on Receivers.--Coiners and Utterers of Base Money; the extent of their crimes.--Defects in the mode of prosecuting Offenders.--Pardons. -- Periodical Discharges of Prisoners Summary of the causes of the present inefficacy of the Police, under nine different heads.

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CHA P. II.

ON THE SYSTEM OF PUNISHMENTS :

THEORETICALLY CONSIDERED.

The mode of ascertaining the Degrees of Punish

ment.--The object to be considered in inflicting Punishments Amendment, Erample, and Retribution. --- In order to render Criminal

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