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AT THE TIME

The CIVIL WAR broke out on the Continent of
AMERICA.

IN WHICH

Notice is taken of fuch Alterations as have happened
fince that Time, down to the present Period.

WITH

A Variety of COLONY PRECEDENTS, which are chiefly ad-
apted to the BRITISH WEST INDIA ISLANDS; and may
be useful to thofe, who have any intercourse with the
COLONIES.

By ANTHONY STOKES,

Of the INNER TEMPLE, LONDON; BARRISTER AT LAW;
HIS MAJESTY'S CHIEF JUSTICE OF GEORGIA.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR :

AND SOLD BY B. WHITE, IN FLEET-STREET.

MDCCLXXXIII.

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PREFACE.

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HE Editor of the following Sheets having refided several years on the Continent of America, and in different Iflands in the West Indies, he flatters himself that he is not altogether unqualified for the prefent Undertaking.

When he had determined on going abroad in 1762, he in vain fought for fome Book that would afford him an infight of the Conftitution and Mode of Proceeding in the Colonies he was equally unfuccessful in his search after Colony Precedents; for in all the English Law Books he met with, he does not remember to have found half a score Colony Forms. These disappointments early fuggefted to him the utility of a Compilation of this fort, and he foon began to collect Precedents for that purpose.

The Editor having taken a decided part in the cause of Great Britain against her Revolted Colonies, he was, on the breaking out of the Troubles in the Southern Provinces, made a Prisoner by the Americans; and after being confined some weeks, he was exchanged, with liberty to leave the Country; on which he returned to Great Britain, and then began to A

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