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The PREFACE. Lawyer Sir EDWARD COKE having obfervd, that the Forms of Writs, and Judicial Proceedings, do much contribute to the Right Underflanding of our Law ;T herefore thefe, together with Forms of Deeds and Conveyances, illuftrating the Practice on that Head, are here injerted: Further, the Reader will find interfperfed, taken from the moft anticnt Treatifes of theB ritifh, Saxon, Danifli, and Norman Laws, fach Informations as Explain the Hillory and Antiquity of theL aw, with our Manners, Cufloms andO riginal Form of Government. As in this A ge it is become common for Arts andS ciences to be comprehended in Dictionaries, have purjued this Method, and the Knowledge of the Arts themfelves, cannot be improper to follow the Terms and Definitions of them. Under the Heads of Law, by the Advice of my Learned and Judicious Friends, I have gone through and gather devery Thing 1could find any ivays Ufeful; and there is nothing Colle6ied, lut fome Benefit may be drawn from it, either as immediately to the Purpoje, orE xplanatory of ivhat the fame hath Relation to: In my Larger Heads, where they interfere with Others, Jhave but juft touctid upon theM atters interfering; and left the particular Learning to the more proper Heads where tis expetted to be found, at the fame Time fome Notice being required under the general Titles. I may with great Truth affirm, that conflderably above two Thirds of my Work, with Jome Hundreds of very material Words, are intirely New in aT erformance of this Kind; and the remaining Tart is greatly Improv d, although A bridgd as to Quantity by omitting a great Deal ofO bjolete Matter. There is not any Thing in the following Dictionary, direttly the fame as appears eljewhere, but in fitch Cafes only where it was abjolutely Necejjary for my own Junification; (though the Compilers of the other Law-D ictionaries have generally tranfcribed v
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