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ON THE

LAW OF BILLS AND NOTES

AND OTHER NEGOTIABLE PAPER.

WITH

FULL REFERENCES AND CITATIONS, AND ALSO AN INDEX

AND SUMMARY OF THE CASES.

PREPARED FOR USE AS A TEXT-BOOK IN HARVARD

LAW SCHOOL.

BY

JAMES BARR AMES,

BUSSEY PROFESSOR OF LAW IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.:

THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION

1894.

Copyright, 1881,
BY JAMES BARR AMEs.

Che Riverside press
PRINTED BY H. O, HOUGHTON & CO.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

U.S. A.

PRE FACE.

That the Innovation in the method of legal education, which was introduced by Professor Langdell's “ Cases on Contracts," has proved a marked success in the Harvard Law School, is well

a known to all those who are familiar with the history of that School during the last ten years.

As a book for the student, for whom it is primarily intended, this collection of cases follows substantially the plan of the “ Cases on Contracts."

With the design of rendering these volumes useful to the practising lawyer also, the editor has attempted to collect in foot-notes all the cumulative and adverse authorities, English and American, upon the points decided in the principal cases, indicating by the words accord and contra whether these additional cases agree or disagree with the decisions in the principal

cases.

In the Summary, the editor, while aiming to state as concisely as possible the actual result of the decisions, has ventured to express with considerable freedom his opinions upon the points decided. The reasons for those opinions will be set forth more fully than the necessary limits of a summary would permit, in a short treatise upon the law of Bills and Notes, which is now in preparation.

It is proper to add that the numerous treatises on Bills and Notus have been freely consulted for authorities, and that Sir John Byles's book has been found extremely serviceable as a guide to the English cases. But, above all, the editor must acknowledge his great indebtedness to Professor Langdell, not only for the plan of these volumes, but also for numerous suggestions in regard to the arrangement of the cases, and in tho preparation of the Summary. It is only just to say that the credit of very much of what seems to the editor the most valuable part of the Summary belongs, not to the pupil, but to the master.

JAMES BARR AMES. CAMBRIDGE, June 1, 1881.

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