A Treatise on the Law Relative to Merchant Ships and Seamen: In Four Parts; I. of the Owners of Merchant Ships; II. of the Persons Employed in the Navigation Thereof; III. of the Carriage of Goods Therein; IV. of the Wages of Merchant Seamen
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The Ordinance of Louis the Fourteenth is quot ed from the edition published with a most learn ed and valuable commentary by Valin in two volumes quarto at Rochelle in the year 1766, and is cited by the name of the French Ordinance. An English translation of the whole of this Or dinance is contained in a book called, A gener al Treatise of the Dominion of the Sea, and a complete Body of Sea Laws, published in quarto in the early part of the last century. The trans lation is divided into sections, and not like the French of Valin into books and titles; but the subjects and articles of the sections in the Eng lish are the same as those of the titles in the French; and as the latter are always cited in the notes to this treatise, recourse may be had to the English translation with very little difficulty. If the' reader should be olfended at the frequent re ferences to this Ordinance, I must request him to recollect that those references are made to the maritime code of a great commercial nation, which has attributed much of its national pros perity to that code a code, composed in the reign of a politic Prince under the auspices of a wise and enlighted Minister; by laborious and learned persons, who selected the most valuable principles of all the maritime laws then existing and which in matter, method, and style, is one of the most finished acts of legislation that ever was promulgated.
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