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LAW OF PROPERTY.
JOHN CHIPMAN GRAY,
ROYALL PROFESSOR OF LAW IN HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
GEORGE H. KENT.
UNIVERSITY PRESS: John Wilson AND Sox, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The experience of the seventeen years since the publication of the first two volumes has convinced me that they contain more cases than can be satisfactorily treated in a single course of lectures. It has also confirmed my opinion that a collection of cases should not attempt to cover too much ground, but that the cases should be multiplied on the crucial topics. A single case on a subject has little advantage over a text-book. It is only by presenting a doctrine in many aspects that the best results can be reached.
I have tried to bear both these points in mind in the present edition, in which about two hundred pages have been stricken out, and one hundred added, in each of the two volumes.
To my colleague, Professor J. I. Westengard, I am indebted for collecting the cases reported since the first edition, and for constant advice and assistance in selection and arrangement. He has also contributed several valuable notes. I would especially call attention to the note on Distress. If the present edition of these volumes is an improvement on the earlier one, it is largely due to him.
I have also to thank my learned friend, Robert Walcott, Esquire, for seeing the volumes through the press.