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Reprint of the 1st edition of 1892, Stevens and Haynes, Law Publishers, Bell Yard, London
PREFACE It has been my endeavour in the following pages to supply to practitioners and students a work upon Evidence which should take a middle place between the admirable but extremely condensed Digest of Sir James Stephen, nnd that great repository of evidentiary law, Taylor on Evidence.
I have, as far as practicable, adhered to one uniform method of arrangement throughout-that of stating: ( 1) The rules of evidenoe ; (2) the principles upon which they are founded; (3) their various limitations; and (4) the illustrations to the rules.
The latter have, for the convenience of the reader, been arranged not only in separate columns according to their admissibility or the reverse, but, wherever possible, in pairs, which present, analogous facts but different decisions, the contrasted cases being placed side by side at the same height in the page.
References to the leading English text-books, as well as to the standard treatise of Dr. Wharton on the American law, have also been appended to each branch of the subject. I gladly acknowledge my indebtedness not only to the latter work, but also to the valuable writings of Professor James B. Thayer, of Harvard University, whose labours have done so much to elucidate the law of evidence; to the scholarly notes to the last American edition of Best, by (I understand) his former pupil, Mr. C. F. Chamberlayne, to which frequent reference has. been made in the present volume; and to other able American writers whose names are mentioned herein.
The number of cases cited has been relatively very con-siderable; and the references given thereto in the text have been repeated in the Index, with the addition of the various alternative reports to the more modem decisions. SIDNEY PHIPSON 7 King's Bench Walk , Temple Octobr 1892