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PREFACE

TO THE FIRST EDITION.

The importance of the alterations made in the Law and Practice of Bankruptcy by the Bankruptcy Act of the present year, which has just been published, is so manifest that but little apology is necessary in calling attention to the subject. The method to be adopted in dealing with a matter of such vast public consequence, however, is a question which cannot but be attended with much anxiety to any

Author attempting to give a clear insight into the changes brought about by the new law. For this reason the following Work is put forward with considerable diffidence.

The system upon which the Book has been compiled is—1) A general sketch of the new law has been given; (2) An endeavour has been made to arrange in as scientific an order as possible the various portions of the New Act dealing with any particular subject; (3) For the purpose of reference, a complete reprint

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has been inserted in the Appendix of the Bankruptcy Act, 1883. In addition to this, at the end of each paragraph of the Book a reference will be found to the particular section of the Act from which the statements therein contained are taken; and a Table has also been drawn up, and will be found on page x, showing on what page of the Work reference is made to any section of the Act, which it is hoped may be of advantage to the reader.

As will be seen by the title page, the book professes to be no more than a Concise Statement of the New Bankruptcy Act, 1883. In various places, it is true, the alterations made in the Act of 1869 have been pointed out in as short a manner as possible; and where the provisions of that Act have not been materially disturbed, a few leading decisions have been quoted. Still the Work lays no claim to be considered as a Manual of Bankruptcy Law. The highest aim of the Author has been to provide within a volume of reasonable limits a means of attaining some knowledge of the Law relating to Bankruptcy Matters as contained in the recent Act.

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4, ESSEX COURT, TEMPLE, E.C.

September 1st, 1883.

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INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

SECT. 1.-A General Sketch of the New Law'.

SECT. 2.-Who may or may not be made Bankrupt

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9-13

CHAPTER I.

BANKRUPTCY.

14–20

Sect. 1.-Of the Acts of Bankruptcy.

SECT. 2.-Of the Petition, Receiving Order, and

Appointment of Official Receiver

SECT. 3.-Of the Debtor's Statement of Affairs, and

Public Examination, and the Meetings

of the Creditors

20-28

28-34

cation in certain Cases

43-52

53-54

CHAPTER II.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROPERTY.

SECT. 1.–Of the Proof of Debts

55-59

SECT. 2.-How Proof is to be made

59—63

SECT. 3.—Of the Payment of Debts

63-67

SECT. 4.-Of the Property available or not for the

Payment of Debts

67-70

SECT. 6.–Of the Effect of Bankruptcy on antecedent

Transactions

70_76

SECT 6.–Of the Realization of the Debtor's Property 77-82

SECT. 7.—Of the Distribution of the Debtor's Property 82—85

CHAPTER III.

TRUSTEES IN BANKRUPTCY

86-97

CHAPTER IV.

BANKRUPTCY OF PARTNERS

98—100

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