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This compilation, it is hoped, will prove to the Navy a convenient hand-book; and the fact that it was prepared under many difficulties and during unofficial hours, may excuse any omissions.

The arrangement of the work is not so complete as it would be by further dissection of the subject matter, with more numerous headings; but by its division into parts and an alphabetical grouping of subjects, with a full index at the end, it is believed little difficulty will be experienced, especially after some familiarity with its arrangement, in finding any portion of its contents sought.

Many of the sections are repeated in the compilation, with the view of placing matter under appropriate heads. The citation of the acts, from the Statutes at Large, on which the sections are based, which was omitted in the compilation of 1875, and some references to opinions and decisions, have been introduced—the latter not, however, as authority for action or decision on any case, but rather as information.

The words in italics, in certain sections, are intended to make such sections conform to existing law; legislation subsequent to the revision of the Statutes rendering it necessary. Headings are in some instances supplied.

Much that was in the compilation of 1875, although possessing value to many seeking information, has been omitted from this, as not essentially necessary for those for whom the work is designed. Portions of Part IV may be seldom referred to, but it was thought advisable to retain such matter, as it may be brought into use occasionally.

JNO. W. HOGG, Chief Clerk, Mary Department.

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