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OF

BILLS, NOTES, AND CHECKS

ILLUSTRATED BY LEADING CASES.

BY

MELVILLE M. BIGELOW,

Ph.D., HARVARD, OF THE Boston Bar.

SECOND EDITION.

BOSTON:

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

1880.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, by

MELVILLE M. BIGELOW, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

UNIVERSITY PRESS:
JOHN WILSUN AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The law of bills, notes, and checks consists, first, of the law peculiar to those subjects, and, secondly, of an adaptation of the general law of contract to the special situation of maker, acceptor, drawer, and indorser, so far as the courts have found sufficient analogies to justify it; the latter branch being confined to questions of modern impression requiring judicial examination to ascertain the applicability of the general law. The adaptation of the law of principal and surety to the relation of successive parties to negotiable paper is the chief example.

The present work is an exposition of the law in that light. In this second edition, the author has attempted to make such exposition complete, instead of presenting it in outline merely, as in the first edition. To this end, the work has been rewritten from beginning to end, and the notes enlarged to full statements of the law. The result has been to show that the American law of commercial paper, like the English, may still be stated in detail within the limits of a single volume of ordinary size, with ample room for illustrative cases.

BOSTON, April 5, 1880.

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