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THE

LAWS OF WAR,

AFFECTING

COMMERCE AND SHIPPING.

BY

H. BYERLEY THOMSON, Esq., B.A.,

BARRISTER-AT-LAW,

OF JESUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ; AND THE INNER TEMPLE.

A NEW EDITION, ENLARGED,

WITH AN

INTRODUCTION AND INDEX.

LONDON:

SMITH, ELDER, & CO., 65, CORNHILL.

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The success which attended the publication of the First Edition of this Treatise, on “ The Laws of War, affecting Commerce and Shipping," has confirmed the author's opinion of the utility of such a work; and its hearty acceptance by the mercantile world has induced him to add largely and materially to this edition. The general plan of the former work has not been departed from in the first portion of the present; and although a great number of fresh and popular topics have been here touched upon, the author has endeavoured to preserve (as far as was consistent with accuracy), that concise and popular character which he believes in no small degree contributed to the favourable reception of the first edition.

An Introduction has also been added, discussing the origin of the Laws of War generally, and the utility of the work has been enhanced by an Index for facilitating reference.

In a Second Part, which will shortly appear, the Author proposes to treat of the Laws of War relating to the Army, Navy, and the Militia, as well as the administration of the bodies governing those various sections of the war force of the country.

H. B. T.

8, SERJEANT'S INN, TEMPLE,

APRIL 15, 1854.

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