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LATE ONE OF THE ASSOCIATE JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME
COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND PROFESSOR OF LAW

IN THE COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION

OF

BIRD WILSON, ESQUIRE.

LEX FUNDAMENTUM EST LIBERTATIS, QUA FRUIMUR. LEGUM
OMNES SERVI SUMUS, UT LIBERI ESSE POSSIMUS.

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AT THE LORENZO PP.CSS, PRINTED FOR BRONSON AND CHAUNCEY.

1804,

DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA:-TO WIT. (L. S.) DE IT REMEMBERED, That on the fifth day of July,

D in the twenty ninth year of the independence of the United States of America, BIRD WILSON, Esquire, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

« The Works of the Honourable James Wilson, L. L. D. “ late one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of 66 the United States, and Professor of Law in the College of c Philadelphia. Published under the direction of Bird Wilson, “ Esquire. Lex fundamentum est libertatis, qua fruimur. 6 Legum omnes servi sumus, ut liberi esse possimus.”—

Cic, In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and also to the act entitled “ An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and buoks to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

D. CALDWELL, Clerk of the

District of Pennsylvania,

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PREFACE.

THE incomplete state of the lectures on law, notwithstanding the lapse of several years between the time at which those now published were delivered and the death of the Author, is a circumstance of which the publick will naturally inquire the cause. The circumstance itself is certainly much to be lamented; but its cause presents a subject of still deeper regret.

The law professorship, in the college of Philadelphia, was established in the year 1790 ; and the Author was appointed the first professor. The extent of his plan of lectures rendered it impossible for him to go through his whole subject in one season : three courses were necessary for the purpose. The first course, which was delivered in the winter of 1790-91, consisted of those lectures contained in what the Editor has entitled the first part. The second course, which was, in a great measure, deli. vered in the following winter, would have consisted of the remaining two parts now published. In April, 1792,

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