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States differing in their Conftitution and Government and the Practice in the British Provinces and West India Islands, ALL, in some Degree, differing from each other, a Digest of their Laws and Method of Practice, or indeed any regular and exact Account of them can only be obtained by the Assistance of some able Practiser in each.
The Editor has, in this Work, received Assistance from several very respectable profeffional Characters in the UnitedStates, and is endeavouring to
form an additional Literary intercourse adequate to the Purpose of a second Publication upon the Subject on a much wider Scale; and, which, as affording the only means of Information, will be more correct and of course more interesting and useful. The present Work, the Editor is conscious, can only be considered as an imperfect Sketch :--but as there exists, at present, no Treatise expressly upon the Subject, and the Intercourse is still considerable between the People of Great Britain and America, the Editor flatters himself that the
present Publication, under all its Imperfections, will be found of some service to Gentlemen of the Profession, as well as the Merchants of both Countries.
United-States were subječted before the