In the Preface to the First Edition, I stated that my object in writing this Digest was to reduce the English Law relating to Agency to a concise statement of definite rules and principles, illustrated by decided cases. In this Edition the original form of the Work has been retained; but several new Articles have been added, and the number of illustrations and cases cited has been considerably increased. I have duly noticed the cases reported down to the end of 1897, and have added references to those in the Times Law Reports.
I have pleasure in acknowledging my indebtedness to my friend Mr. J. B. Matthews, of the Middle Temple, for valuable suggestions, some of which I have adopted.