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LUTHER S. CUSHING,
TWELVE YEARS CLERK OF THE MASSACHUSETTS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
From Hon. S. H. Walley, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
ROXBURY, Jan. 13, 1845. To the Publisher :
At your request, I have carefully perused the Manual of Parliamentary Practice, prepared by Hon. LUTHER S CUSHING, which you submitted in manuscript to my inspection. I have taken great pleasure in examining the pages
of this work, and do not hesitate to express most fully my approbation of its plan and execution.
On two or three questions of minor importance, I might come to different conclusions from the author; but, inasmuch as he has devoted much time to a careful research into the subject of parliamentary rules and practice, in the preparation of an extended work, which he is preparing on this subject, I am free to admit that I should feel great distrust in any opinions which I have held, even on these questions, where they differ from those expressed by Judge Cushing, without very careful reëxamination and study.
This Manual is much needed. There is no work, in this country, which is adapted near as well, in my judg. ment, to assist those who are called upon to preside in
public assemblies, to discharge their duties acceptably and profitably to the community.
I sincerely hope and believe that this publication will receive the countenance and approbation to which it seems to me so justly entitled.
SAMUEL H. WALLEY, Jr.
Prom the Law Reporter, Edited by Peleg W. Chandler, Esq.,
President of the Boston Common Council and Member of the Mass. Legislature.
Hon. LUTHER S. CUSHING has prepared for the press a new Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Having examined the manuscript of this work with considerable care, we take occasion to say, that it will be a valuable accession to the libraries of those who are called upon to preside in deliberative assemblies; and we believe the necessity of such a work as this has been very generally felt in our country, where almost every citizen is occasionally called upon to exercise the duties of a presiding officer. The work is founded upon the well-established rules and customs of the British Parliament, and Mr. Cushing divests himself of all local usages prevailing in different parts of this country; maintaining, in the outset, that no assembly can ever be subject to any other rules than those which are of general application, or which it specially adopts for its own govern. ment; and denying explicitly that the rules adopted and practised upon by a legislative assembly thereby acquire the character of general laws.
We understand that the author of this Manual has for some time been engaged on an elaborate treatise upon the parliamentary law, which we do not doubt will be creditable to his learning and industry. Meanwhile, this smaller and more convenient work will be sent ont as a manual for practical reference.
I Just published by WM. J. REYNOLDS & CO., 24 Cornbill, Boston. For sale by Booksellers generally.