This book is intended primarily for students. So far as it deals with the law of the present day, the Author believes that it covers the whole ground, at any rate in outline, and will probably be found sufficient in itself for the purposes of the Law Special at Cambridge and other similar pass examinations.

The history of the law is, however, dealt with only in outline, and the Author cannot therefore claim that the work will be sufficient in itself for students desiring to obtain honours, as in the Cambridge Law Tripos or the Bar Finals. For these students it is hoped that the book will be useful as a first explanation of this very intricate subject; and with that end in view full explanations have been inserted of the more difficult rules with frequent illustrations chiefly by way of cases actually decided.

A student who approaches the study of the law of land by reading at the outset such a standard work as Williams on Real Property is apt to get confused by the wealth of detail and the extraordinary complication and formality of the early law, and it is hoped that a previous study of this little book will place him in a position to understand and appreciate the true value of that most important branch of his studies.

The Author is greatly indebted to his friend, Mr. H. B. Vaisey, for many useful criticisms and suggestions, especially with reference to the short passage on Tithe. Acknowledgments are also due to Mr. Frederick Moulder (the Author's junior clerk) for assistance in the compilation of the Index, Table of Cases, etc.


3, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, April 28th, 1908.

*** References to Williams and Goodeve on Real Property refer to the following editions: -

"Williams on Real Property," 20th Edition. "Goodeve on Real Property," 5th Edition.