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OF LORD STOWELL AND OTHER ENGLISH JUDGES,

AND OF THE AMERICAN COURTS,

AND

THE OPINIONS OF THE MOST EMINENT JURISTS :

WITH

AN APPENDIX

OF

THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

IN RELATION TO THE PRESENT WAR.

BY
WILLIAM HAZLITT & HENRY PHILIP ROCHE,

OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE AND LINCOLN'S INN, ESQRS.

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[The Authors reserve the right of Translating this Work.]

LONDON:'
V. & R. STEVENS AND G. S. NORTON,

Law Booksellers and Publishers,
26, BELL YARD, LINCOLN'S INN.
EDINBURGH: T. & T. CLARK; DUBLIN: HODGES & SMITH.

Int 4618.1

1881, Green
Lumner fund.

HARVAR
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY

“Those Judgments which render the Volume which records them not, like the

Reports of Common Law Cases, a book only unsealed to the Members of the Legal Profession, but one which may well be in the hands of the general Student, and form part of any Classical library of English eloquence, or even of National History."-Lord Brougham's Statesmen : LORD STOWELL.

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TO

SIR RICHARD BETHELL, KNT., M.P.

HER MAJESTY'S SOLICITOR-GENERAL,

This work

IS,

WITH PERMISSION, MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,

BY

THE COMPILERS.

PRE FACE.

The long period of peace with which it has pleased Divine Providence to bless this country having been unhappily terminated by the unjust aggressions of Russia, all questions connected with the conduct of War—the duties, obligations and liabilities of the officers of her Majesty's navy and of our commercial marine, affecting so intimately as they do the general interests of the nation as well as those of neutral powers—have assumed an importance comparatively unknown during the existence of the present generation. It has therefore been considered expedient to place before the public, professional as well as commercial, in a compendious form, those great and universally recognized principles of international jurisprudence in relation to Maritime Warfare which have received the authoritative sanction of Lord Stowell and other great Judges in our own country, and have been followed in an equal spirit of liberality and enlightenment by the Courts of the United States. It must be gratifying to the people of England, as well as to

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