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SECTION I.—OF LAWS IN GENERAL.
Definition of law-Law of nature-Law of nations Municipal law
Regular forms of government—The British Constitution-Duty of
the supreme power to make laws—The several parts of every law.
SECTION II.-OF THE LAWS OF ENGLAND.
Early laws traditional --Alfred's Dom-boc-Laws of Edward the Con-
fessor-Unwritten or common law-Particular customs- Peculiar
laws-Civil and canon law-Written or statute law . .
THE LAWS OF ENGLAND.
BOOK THE FIRST.-OF THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS.
OF THE ABSOLUTE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS.
The English liberties-Right of personal security-Right of personal
liberty–Right of property-Securities for the enjoyment of these
rights . .
. . . . .
OF THE PARLIAMENT.
Origin of parliament- Manner and time of assembling-Its constituent
parts-Its laws and customs—Its privileges-Laws and customs of
the Lords—of the Commons: Money bills-Qualifications of electors,
and of members --Proceedings at elections--Method of making laws
OF THE SOVEREIGN AND HIS TITLE.
The crown hereditary-Title defeasible by act of parliament--Historical
view of the succession-Revolution of 1688 — The Act of Settlement
OF THE ROYAL FAMILY.
The Queen Consort-Dowager-The Prince of Wales
OF THE ROYAL COUNCILS.
Parliament–The Peers—The Privy Council-Its executive and legislative
duties—The Judicial Committee . . . . . . 52
OF THE SOVEREIGN'S DUTY.
To govern according to law; to execute judgment in mercy; and to
maintain the established religion . . . . . . .34
OF THE ROYAL PREROGATIVE.
Sovereignty-Cannot be sued— Perfection, the king can do no wrong-
Perpetuity, the king never dies— Prerogative to send and receive
ambassadors—To make peace and war-As generalissimo-As the
fountain of justice—And of honour—And as head of the church :
OF THE ROYAL REVENUE.
I. Ordinary: - Custody of temporalities of bishops — First-fruits and
tenths—Wine licenses-Mines — Treasure trove - Estrays - For-
feitures and Escheats II. Extraordinary :-Land-tax-Malt-tax
- Property and income-tax-Customs—Excise-Post-office-Stamp
duties—Succession Duties—Inhabited house duty-Assessed taxes -
Duty upon offices and pensions
OF SUBORDINATE MAGISTRATES.
The sheriff—The coroner-Justices of the peace— The constable—The
police force—The highway surveyor-Overseers and guardians of the
poor— The Poor Law Board . . . . . . .
OF THE PEOPLE, WHETHER ALIENS, OR DENIZENS, OR NATIVES.
Allegiance, natural or local—Who are aliens_Denizens-Naturalization 83
OF THE CLERGY.
Archbishops and bishops-Dean and chapter- Archdeacons—Rural deans
-Parsons and vicars—Curates—Churchwardens-Parish clerks and
sextons . . . . . .
. . . 86
OF THE CIVIL, MILITARY, AND MARITIME STATES.
I. Civil: Duke-Marquis-Earl_Viscount -- Baron-Knight-Esquire
-Gentleman-Yeoman.- II. Military : Militia-Army-Articles
of War -- Yeomanry — Volunteers. III. Maritime : Navy –
Articles of the Navy . . . . . . . .
OF THE PEOPLE IN THEIR PRIVATE RELATIONS.
1. Master and servant-DomesticsApprentices-Labourers-Artificers
-Seamen-Factors and brokers— Wages-Truck Act II. Husband
and wife-Contract of marriage-How made--How dissolved-Its
legal consequences. - III. Parent and child-Legitimate children-
Their rights and duties— Bastards.- IV. Guardian and ward-
Several kinds of guardians—Jurisdiction of Court of Chancery-
Incidents of infancy . . . . . . . .
I. Corporations in general-Aggregate or solem Ecclesiastical or lay-
Civil or eleemosynary–How created— Their powers, privileges, and
disabilities How visited and how dissolved
The Municipal Corporations Reform Act-Its objects—The freemen—The
list of electors—The town-council-Its powers and duties-Stipendiary
magistrates-Recorder—Local boards . . . . . 116
The joint-stock principle Limited liability-Registered companies—Dis-
solution and winding up of these associations . . . . 118
BOOK THE SECOND.-OF THE RIGHTS OF THINGS.
OF PROPERTY IN GENERAL.
Origin of property-Occupancy--Origin of rights of succession
OF REAL PROPERTY.
Definition of lands, tenements, and hereditaments :-Corporeal heredita-
ments or land — Incorporeal hereditaments – Advowsons - Tithes
-Commons—Ways-Offices - Dignities - Franchises Corodies
Annuities—Rents . . . . . . . . 125
OF THE FEUDAL SYSTEM.
Origin of feuds--Oath of fealty-Qualities of feuds—Ancient English
tenures—Knight-service and its consequences-Aids-Relief—Primer
seisin—Wardship—Knighthood—Marriage-Fines for alienation-
Escheat-Origin of scutages-Abolition of military tenures. . 131
OF THE MODERN ENGLISH TENURES.
Grand serjeanty-Petit serjeanty-Buigage - Gavelkind—Incidents of
socage-Pure villenage-Manors—Book-land and folk-land-Copy-
hold— Tenancy in ancient demesne-Frankalmoign . . . 139
Definition of freehold— Tenancy in fee-simpleHeirs-Qualified fees-
Conditional fees or entails-Origin of common recoveries and of
fines — Tenancy for life-Its incidents— Tenant in tail after pos-
sibility of issue extinct—Tenant by the courtesy-Tenancy in dower
--Jointures . . . . . . . . . 145
OF ESTATES LESS THAN FREEHOLD.
I. Estates for years—Origin of long leases--Emblements. II. Estates
at will — Notice to quit-Copyholds — Enfranchisement.- III.
Estates at sufferance . . . . . . . . 153