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PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS, EVERY
VERY citizen in the state, ought to acquire a knowledge of those laws, that govern his daily conduct, and secure the invaluable blessings of life, liberty and property. The best method to diffuse this knowledge thro all ranks, is to simplify, and systematize the laws. No country is favored with a more perspicuous code than the tate of Connecticut ; yet in no country is it more arduous and difficult to obtain a systematic understanding of the law. The cause of this fingular inconvenience merits particular investigation.
The common law of England is obligatory in this state by imme. morial usage, and consent, so far as it corresponds with our circumstances and situation. As we have no treatise upon our laws, we are under the necessity of becoming acquainted with the English code for the purpose of understanding our own. The operation of the English common law, is ascertained by no general rule, and is bounded by no known line : it can be learned only from the decisions of our courts. A common law peculiar to ourselves, resulting from our local circumstances, has been established by the decision of our courts ; but has never been committed to writing. A differe ence in the form of the government, the manners of the people, and the circumstances of the country, furnished sales to which the com