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 Complet

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Excerpt from 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

This translation, [have understood, was furnished by a distinguished civilian of the bar of Pennsylvania; and most assuredly, after knowing this circumstance, I should never have thought of publishing mine, had that gentleman's been printed in a form better calcula ted for general circulation and professional use; but appearing in a journal devoted principally to party politice, it assumes too little the air of a regular treatise to obtain that regard and consideration, which, it appears to me, are justly due to a work of the nature and merit of the Commercial Code of France. On looking into the translation in the Review, I soon perceived that it difl'ered very widely in style and manner from the one which I had prepared; and as I had also translated The Motives, or discourses of the counsellors of state, con taining a luminous and interesting discussion of the various principles and provisions of the code, which are not published in the magazine above mentioned, I concluded that I might venture to print my translation, with some chance of success, and without incurring the imputation of plagiarism. I have also added some notes, which are printed at the end of the volume. I do not know that they are necessary to the understand ing of the text; they may, however, contribute to awa ken curiosity ou some of the subjects towhich they re fer, and lead to a deeper investigation of the principles contained in the code. They might, indeed, have been easily extended much farther, for it is not a difficult, though a troublesome task, to write notes; but I am no friend to copious annotation, unless it tend to throw light on some obscure passage, or to illustrate some im portant principle in a work.

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