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of the Four Societies, where every facility has been most politely afforded me. I have also derived important assistance from the Registers of the Inns in my researches respecting the eminent men of the Middle Temple, Inner Temple, Grays Inn, and Lincoln's Inn, which form as illustrious a gallery as any university of Europe can boast of; and I am much obliged to members of the four houses who have afforded me suggestions from time to time.

The substance of every case of importance decided in the superior courts, respecting the jurisdiction, powers, and privileges of these societies, as well as all the remarkable cases illustrative of the internal discipline of the Inns of Court, will be found in this volume. I can scarcely hope that I have done full justice to my subject, and that I have omitted no point that ought to have demanded my attention ; but I may be permitted to say, that I have devoted a considerable portion of time to the preparation of the work, and have taken some pains to secure fidelity and accuracy; and that, with a sincere desire for the honour and interests of these ancient, honourable, and learned Societies, I have endeavoured to exhibit the history of each faithfully, and without bias.


The Chapters as to the Admission of Students, the Manner of Keeping

Terms, the System of Legal Education, and the Calling of Students to the Bar, have been corrected in accordance with the latest Regulations of the Four Inns of Court.

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