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ROM my experience of the mischiefs arising
from the imperfection of the present registering Acts for the Counties of York and Middlesex, as well as from the want of an universal Inrolment of Deeds and Wills affecting Land, I feel it my duty to apprize the public of the evil they are suffering, and to suggest a remedy, that will not only eradicate the disorder, but add strength and vigour to the part affected. For the satisfaction, however, of the public and of myself, I first submitted it to the consideration of all the Judges and Law Officers of the country, to which Į wish it to be applied ; most of whom have done me the honour to express the strongest approbation of the plan, and a wish to see it carried into execution. I do not say this with a view to bias the opinion of any individual, but to prove that I have acquitted myself of every preliminary duty to the public, before I presented to them this publication.
It is now offered to them as the only mean, by which their previous sense of the expedient can be tried and known.
As it is my design to reduce the several acts of parliament upon the subject, to one plain, consistent and efficient statute, I expect that a candid public will approve of my going rather largely into the inconsistencies and mischiefs of such acts, as I have thought necessary to be repealed. A2
The considerations, motives, and reasons for my digesting and proposing to the public a plan for an universal Inrolment of all Deeds and Wills affect-, ing Land, will, I hope, have their full weight in forming the opinions of individuals upon the expediency of it. These are, to the Land Owner, the encrease of the value of his land, by clearing and confirming his title to it, and facilitating the ineans of settling, charging, or selling it : to the Monied Man, the multiplication, certainty, and faith of land securities : to the Lawyer, the ease, fatisfaction, and surety both of his client and himself in all negotiations respecting lands: to the Financier, the general rise of the value of land in the market, which must proportionably raise the price of the funds : and to the Senator, the good and quiet of the subject, the consistency and certainty of the law, and the welfare and prosperity of the nation.
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