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TO THE STUDENTS OF LAW
OF THE ACCADEMICAL COURSE 1882-86.
In inscribing this work to you, the students of my first Course of Constitutional Law, I wish to state the motives, which induced me to appear in print.
My first motive was to comply with a request addressed to me by the more thoughtful amongst you, who perceived the disadvantage of not having a text book for the approaching examinations, and expressed a desire that these outlines of my lectures might be published.
My other motive requires some explanation. Before the recent reform of our educational system, Constitutional Law was only taught in a perfunctory manner, and this is the first accademical course, in which it is explained in its native and more congenial language, and in which it is attempted to show not only the form, but also the spirit of the British Constitution. These lectures compiled by a Maltese will possibly excite the curiosity of other students, besides those of the Law Faculty, and may thus be instrumental in disseminating in this Colony the healthy ideas, which pervade the Constitution of that great Country, the Mother of Parliaments and of reasonable Liberty.
In preparing this work for the press, I have followed the advice of Sir Edward Creasy, and “whenever I have found truths well stated by others, I have preferred useful compilation to worthless novelty.'