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Arr. VII. Prašice common placed; or the Rules and Cases of Praštice in the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas, methodically arranged. By Geo. Crompton, Esq; of the Inner Temple. 8vo. 2 Vols. 16 s. bound. Uriel. 178o.
Th; evident utility of Books of Pračice (so called, not in opposition to the principles of law, but because they treat of the methods of commencing and prosecuting suits that are in constant use in the different courts, and of the rules by which they are regulated) has given currency to very indifferent publications on this subječt. The truth is, this, like many other very useful subjećts, has nothing in it to captivate writers of eminence or ambition. It affords little room for fancy to enliven, and little scope for eloquence to adorn. It has accordingly been left to inferior hands, to whom profit was a greater obječt than reputation. And a celebrated Commentator * is well warranted in asserting concerning those numerous treatises which have already been published, that “in point of composition and solid instruction they are pretty much upon a level.” We are therefore happy to observe, that the work now before us appears to be the produćtion of a man of real abilities and merit, and the result of an accurate acquaintance with this branch of the law. The extent of Mr. Crompton's plan, so far as it is comprized in these two volumes, is set forth in his Preface. “ The first volume (he informs us) he has designed for the rules and cases of practice throughout a civil ačtion; for with criminal matters he has not at all interfered ; and his second, for proceedings by and against particular persons, and for points of practice in some particular ačtions.—The whole he has endeavoured to adapt to modern use, and to illustrate those aćtions only, which, from the alterations of the law, by the
abolition of military tenures, and disuse of real actions, our courts are at this day chiefly called upon to determine.’
It is but justice to add, that this work, independently of its
being lately published, and thereby containing all the recent
cases, has a very considerable advantage, in exhibiting at one view any diversities in the pračtice of the Court of King's Bench and Common Pleas: “t Where the pračtice of the two courts does not materially differ, the cases adjudged in them are ingrafted together: but where there is a material difference, each court has its separate page fronting that of the other, and dis
* Blackst, lib. iii, + Preface, ib.