A New Law Dictionary: Intended for General Use, as Well as for Gentlemen of the Profession

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The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2004 - Law
Burn, Richard. A New Law Dictionary, Intended for General Use, as Well as For Gentlemen of the Profession, and Continued to the Present Time by John Burn. London: Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, 1792. Two volumes. vii, 442; 446, [10] pp. Reprinted 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a new introduction by Bryan A. Garner. ISBN 1-58477-356-1. Cloth. $250. * Intended to be a practical tool, Burn [1709-1785] eliminated several French definitions found in earlier dictionaries that were made obsolete by George II's 1733 decree that writs and pleadings were to be given in English. The elimination of these entries seems to have cleared space for other material and longer entries. Indeed, Burn's articles on such subjects as judgment, jury, purchase and will are broader, more detailed and better organized than they are in earlier dictionaries of this kind. It is unclear whether Burn intended to publish this book; it was edited, expanded and published posthumously by his son, John Burn [1744?-1802].

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Page 356 - AN estate at sufferance, is where one comes into possession of land by- lawful title, but keeps it afterwards without any title at all.
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Page 168 - For every man's land is, in the eye of the law, enclosed and set apart from his neighbor's; and that either by a visible and material fence, as one field is divided from another by a hedge, or by an ideal, invisible boundary, existing only in the contemplation of law, as when one man's land adjoins to another's in the same field.
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Page 7 - Implied are such as reason and justice dictate, and which therefore the law presumes that every man undertakes to perform. As, if I employ a person to do any business for me, or perform any work ; the law implies that I undertook, or contracted, to pay him as much as his labour deserves. If I take up wares from a tradesman, without any agreement of price, the law concludes that I contracted to pay their real value.
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