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necessary to omit the “ cases which have been overruled, or reversed, or have lost authority by subsequent changes in the law," and also “ those of local authority only." This plan has undoubtedly its merits, but we think a digest of a special topic ought to have a reference to all cases touching on the subject in the books, even if it has not a full statement of them. The special quality of a digest, as distinguished from a text-book, should be that it will enable the lawyer to go to all the authorities, and consult them first-hand. While we regret that it has been found impossible to bring every thing on Corporations within the compass of this digest, all must admit that the Messrs. Abbott have produced a work which will prove of the greatest utility and convenience to the profession. The Notaries and Commissioners' Hand-book, containing all the necessary forms,

fees allowed, &c., also practical suggestions and references, with notes of the Statutes appertaining. New York: Baker, Voorhis, & Company. 1869.

This is specially intended for the use of notaries in New York, but the forms may be found useful in other States.

The United States Stamp Duties, as now in Force. With the Official Rulings

and Decisions of the Internal Revenue Department. With a full Index. Compiled by a member of the New York Bar. New York: Baker, Voorhis, & Company. 1869.

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XIII. Nos. 1 & 2. January and February, Montreal. 1869.

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SUPREME Court. The State of Texas v. George W. White. This, perhaps the most important opinion given by the Supreme Court during its last term, we give below in full, notwithstanding its length. The main points of the decision are that Texas is now a State of the Union, so as to enable it to maintain a suit in the Supreme Court, and that acts of the State legislature of Texas during the war, and intended to aid its successful prosecution, were void. Part of the opinion seems unnecessary to the decision of the court, and the same result might perhaps be reached from very different grounds, but we prefer to give the opinion without comment.

Chase, C.J. – This is an original suit in this court, in which the State of Texas, claiming certain bonds of the United States as her property, asks an injunction to restrain the defendants from receiving payment from the National Government, and to compel the surrender of the bonds to the State.

It appears from the bill, answers, and proofs, that the United States, by Act of Sept. 9, 1850, offered to the State of Texas, in compensation for her claims connected with the settlement of her boundary, ten millions of dollars in five per cent bonds, each for the sum of $1,000, and that this offer was accepted by Texas.

One-half of these bonds were retained for certain purposes in the national treasury, and the other half were delivered to the State.

The bonds thus delivered were dated Jan. 1, 1851, and were all made payable to the State of Texas, or bearer, and redeemable after the 31st day of December, 1864.

They were received, in behalf of the State, by the comptroller of public accounts, under authority of an act of the legislature, which, besides giving that authority, provided that no bond should be available in the hands of any holder until after indorsement by the governor of the State.

After the breaking out of the Rebellion, the insurgent legislature of Texas, on the 11th of January, 1862, repealed the act requiring the indorsement of the governor,1 and, on the same day, provided for the organization of a military board, composed of the governor, comptroller, and treasurer, and authorized a majority of that board to provide for the defence of the State by means of any bonds in the treasury, upon any account, to the extent of one million of dollars.2

The defence contemplated by the act was to be made against the United States by war. 1 Acts of Texas, 1862, p. 45.

2 Texas Laws, p. 55.

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