WE offer to the profession and the public an additional Supplement
to the Code. The Acts of Assembly of 1868 are here arranged on the
plan adopted in the Supplement 1861-67. As this arrangement has
received the approval of the Bar, it has not been deemed advisable
to change it.
Of this mode of condensing the statute law, Sir Edward Coke, long
ago appositely wrote: "To make one plain and perspicuous law
divided into articles, so as every subject may know what acts be in
force and what repealed, either by particular or general words, in part
or in the whole, or what branches and parts abridged, what enlarged,
what expounded, so as each man may clearly know what and how
much is of them in force and bow to obey them, it were a necessary
work and worthy of singular commendation."
Inasmuch as the provision of the Constitution, (Art. 2, sec. 17 and
Art. 3, sec. 30,) that every bill which shall have passed the House and
Senate shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the Governor for
his approval, is to be read with sec 31 of Art. 3, that no law passed by
the General Assembly shall take effect until the first day of June next
after the session at which it may have been passed, unless it be other-
wise expressly declared therein, the date of the Governor's approval
and the time that each law went into force, are both noted
The Appendix containing a summary of Charters and other import-
ant nets, of a local or private nature, not intended to be incorporated
into the Code, will be found useful as a means of reference to the official
volume of the Acts of Assembly.
A general index to the contents of the Supplement is given at the
end of the book.