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THE

LAW OF COPYHOLDS,

ON

THE LAW OF COPYHOLDS

AND

CUSTOMARY TENURES OF LAND:

WITH AN APPENDIX

CONTAINING

An Abstract of the Stamp Duties affecting Copyhold Estates,

The Copyhold Acts of 1852 and 1858,
And the principal Official Forms used for Enfranchisement,
Inclosure, Exchange, and Partition.

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CHARLES, ELTON,

Of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at-Law,

BY

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AUTHOR OF

THE TENURES OF KENT"

AND "THE LAW OF COMMONS AND
WASTE LANDS."

LONDON :
WILDY & SONS, LINCOLN'S INN ARCHWAY, W.C.,

Law Booksellers and Publishers.

MEREDITH & RAY, KING STREET, MANCHESTER ;
BELL & BRADFUTE, EDINBURGH ; HODGES, FOSTER, & CO., DUBLIN,

J. EVANS, PRINTER, FETTER LANE, HOLBORN, E.C.

PREFACE.

The object of the following chapters is to provide a short and convenient handbook of the Law relating to copyholds, and to the manorial freeholds with customary incidents, still to be found in so many districts, of which the general resemblance to certain kinds of copyholds has not unfrequently led to disputes and difficulties. It is hoped that the reader will find in this book a succinct statement of those portions of the old law on these subjects which are still necessary to be borne in mind in dealing with customary estates. The writer has endeavoured to shorten the labour of those who are concerned with lands of these kinds, by omitting a great part of what is stated in the old Abridgments, as being rather of historical or archæological value, than of any present practical importance. It has also been thought useful to insert in an Appenvix the principal Forms used in dealings with the Copy

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