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DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, 88.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-fourth day of March, in the thirty-eighth year of the Lodependence of the United States of America, JOHN RODMAN, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
“The Commercial Code of France, with the Motives, or Discourses of the “ Counsellors of State, delivered before the Legislative Body, illustrative of " the Principles and Provisions of the Code. Translated from the French, “ with Explanatory Notes, and a complete Analytical Index. By John “ RODMAN, Counsellor at Law.”
IN CONFORMITY to the act of Congress of the United States, entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, “ charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the “ times therein mentioned ;” and also to an act, entitled “An act, supple
mentary to an act, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by
securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprie. " tors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the “ benefits thereol to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and " other prints."
THE Commercial Code of France, a translation of which is now offered to the public, forms an important, though not a very voluminous part of the great system of jurisprudence, established in that country since the revolution.
I had originally intended to publish a translation of all the French codes, and issued proposals, upwards of a year ago, to that effect, having then ready for the press a great part of the Code Napoleon, with which the series was to commence; but not obtaining a sufficient number of subscribers to authorize the printing of so large a work, I was obliged entirely to abandon the project.
To the gentlemen of the bar of New York, I feel, indeed, greatly obliged by the prompt and liberal encouragement which they afforded to my literary undertaking; and had my subscription papers been proportionably successful in the other great cities of the Union, I should, long since, have presented the public with the fruit of my labours. But although it was generally admitted, that the new system of jurisprudence adopted in France was entitled to the highest commendation, as a production of wisdom and learn.