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(Here follows an extract from Mr. Hoffman's work, the reviewer then proceeds.]
In a subsequent part of the preface Mr. Hoffman has given some very useful hints on the study of the law, which should be treasured up by every student in perpetuam rei memoriam.'
What particularly pleases us is the enlarged and liberal view with which Mr. Hoffman recommends the student of the common law to a full and careful study of the Admiralty, Maritime and Civil law. If the note on the excellence of the civil law (p. 254) were not too long, we should gladly insert it in this place. We commend it, however, as well as his observations on the law of nations and the admiralty law, most earnestly, to all those who aspire to eminence as statesmen, or scholars or lawyers.'
The whole of the review is so highly interesting and abounds with so much learning and accurate critical observation, it is regretted that the object of this notice allows the publisher of Mr. Hoffman's work to make but one other extract. The learned reviewer closes with the following observations.
We must now hasten to a close, although there are some discussions which the perusal of Mr. Hoffman's work has suggested, which we very reluctantly pass over. In quitting the work we have not the slightest hesitation to declare, that it contains by far the most perfect system for the study of the law, which has ever been offered to the public. The writers, whom he recommends are of the very best authority; and his own notes are composed in a tone of the most enlarged philosophy, and abound in just and discriminating criticism, and in precepts calculated to elevate the moral as well as intellectual character of the profession. The course, proposed by him, is very ample, and would probably consume seven years of close study. But much may be omitted where time and opportunity are wanting to exhaust it. We cordially recommend it to all lawyers as a model for the direction of the students who may be committed to their care; and we hazard nothing in asserting that if its precepts are steadily pursued, high as the profession now stands in our country, it will attain a higher elevation, an elevation which shall command the reverence of Europe, and reflect back light and glory upon the land and the law of our forefathers.'
As to the second edition, which the author has submitted to the Profession as well as to students, the publisher has at present no means of judging of its merits, except from what may justly be anticipated from the author's intervening experience, and from his well known zeal and industry, which induces the publisher to look for a great demand for these volumes, the typographical arrangement and execution being moreover in advance of the first edition, handsomely executed as that is known to have been. Booksellers will please address the publisher.
BALTIMORE, March, 1836.