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THOMAS H. CARSON,
HAROLD B. BOMPAS,
The title-page of the present Edition of the Real Property Statutes has, it will be seen, been altered. The Table of Editions printed at the foot of this Preface shows that the last Edition prepared by the late Mr. Shelford was published in 1863, after which date he took no further part in the work. The alterations made since that date have been such that it has been thought right to alter the title of the book.
As regards the Statutes included in the book, the legislation during the ten years which have elapsed since the publication of the Ninth Edition has necessitated considerable alterations and additions. Thus the sections contained in Part I. of the Land Transfer Act, 1897 (see pp. 417 to 428), have supplemented the previous Statutes dealing with the payment of the debts of a deceased person out of his real estate, and the machinery by which that payment was to be effected (the Debts Recovery Acts, 1830, 1839 and 1848; the Administration of Estates Act, 1833; the Law of Property Amendment Act, 1859, ss. 14 to 18). These important sections have now been inserted, together with references to the few reported cases in which the Courts have been called upon to interpret them.