ENQUIRY INTO THE LAW MERCHANT OF THE UNITED STATES
Item #: 1000320
Published: New York; Isaac Collins & Son; 1802. Reprinted in 2006.
Reprint of the sole edition. With an appendix of forms. AsHorwitz points out in The Transformation of American Law,this is the first American treatise on commercial law (150).Surrency's History of American Law Publishing notes that itwas also the first to deal with admiralty law (441). Itfocused on shipping and maritime commerce, with substantialsections on insurance and bankruptcy. Reflecting the tensionthat existed between arbitrators and courts of law, Cainesinsisted that "in what appertains to trade, let it beconstantly remembered, that custom alone is law" (220).Caines was the official reporter of the New York SupremeCourt.
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