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GO VERNMENT OF RO ME;
DESIGNED AS AN INTRODUCTION TO
THE STUDY OF THE CIVIL LAW.
EDMUND PLUNKETT BURKE, Esq.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE, BARRISTER AT LAW.
SECOND EDITION, REVISED.
PRINTED FOR T. STEVENSON, CAMBRIDGE;
LONGMAN, REES, AND CO., AND SAUNDERS AND BENNING, LONDON ;
ER, OXFORD; BELL AND BRADFUTE EDINBURGH ;
AND W. COLLINS, GLASGOW,
THE FIRST EDITION.
The object of the following Essay is to offer a view of the principal revolutions which have taken place in the constitution and in the jurisprudence of the most celebrated people with whose history we are acquainted. The subject is in every point of view highly interesting. Indeed it may fairly be asserted that none of the numerous branches of study, which must be cultivated to obtain a knowledge of antiquity, is fraught with so much real and practical interest as that of laws and governments. It is not disputed