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BY JAMES KENT.
PUBLISHED BY O. HALSTED.
Clayton & Van Norden, Printers.
APR 1 1940
Southern District of New-York, es.
A. D. 1830, in the filliyfourtha year of the Independence of the United States of America, James Kent, of the [L.S.) be claims as author, in the words forlowing, to wit:
said district, kath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whoreof
“ Commentaries on American Law. By James Kent. Vol. IV." In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the en. couragement of Loarning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authore and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled " An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled An Act for the encouragement of loaraing, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits ihereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and orching historical and other Prints."
FRED. J. BETTS,
WILLIAM JOHNSON, ESQ.
In compiling these volumes, (originally intended and now published for the benefit of American students,) I have frequently been led to revisit the same ground, and to follow out the same paths, over which I have so often passed with you as a companion to cheer and delight me. You have reported every opinion which I
gare in term time, and thought worth reporting, during the five and twenty years that I was a Judge at Law and in Equity, with the exception of the short interval occupied by Mr. Caines' Reports. During that long period, I had the happiness to maintain a free, cordial, and instructive intercourse with you; and I feel unwilling now to close my labours as an author, and withdraw myself finally from the public eye, without leaving some memorial of my grateful sense of the value of your friendship, and my reverence for your character.
In inscribing this work to you, I beg leave, sir, at the same time, to add my ardent wishes for your future welfare, and to assure you of my constant esteem and regard.
2 In the pago referred to, number 3 was, by mistake, substituted for the proper number, 4.