THE object of this little book is to provide an
elementary text-book on Commercial Law for schools
and colleges. Lectures on Commercial Law are now
given every winter in many of our large towns. These
lectures attract bankers, accountants, and young business
men. The want of a text-book has long been felt, as
the existing works are too advanced for practical use.
In writing this work I have aimed at brevity and
simplicity of statement. As a rule cases are not quoted,
of the illustrations embodied in the text are
taken from decided cases. At the end of each chapter
or part, reference is made to the leading text-books, to
which the reader is referred for further information.
As the book is written mainly for those who are
unfamiliar with legal terms, I have added a "glossary"
of some terms used in the text that seemed on reading
the proofs to require explanation.
I have to express
my grateful thanks to Dr. James Gow, the editor of the
series, Mr. William Baker of Lincoln's Inn, and Mr. J.