Excerpt from Handbook of the Law of Evidence At the request of the publishers, the author has endeavored to find time for a re-examination of the subject of Evidence, and a revision of his treatment of it as found in the first edition of this work prepared in 1897. The principles do not change materially in a decade, but added experience and a different point of view may in some instances result in a more satisfactory statement of them. The changes in this second edition are not many, although there have been re-arrangement and additions in most of the chapters and some, notably the chapter on Judicial Notice, which has been re-written, and the chapters on Burden of Proof, Presumptions, Admissions and Writings, which have been enlarged, present the respective subjects of which they treat in somewhat different form from the corresponding chapters of the first edition. The aim has been to avoid a compilation of cases, and while many thousands, decided since 1897, have been examined, comparatively few have been added as citations. The purpose of the work is now, as it was in the former edition, to give a statement of principles with illustrations of their application, and some discussion of the manner of their development; the work will, therefore, serve better one who seeks light upon the law of Evidence viewed as a science than one who seeks a precedent for some particular case. The author, therefore, again disclaims any attempt to present the law of all the States or of any one of them, and has cited cases from the different jurisdictions indiscriminately, locking only to their value as illustrations of the application of those principles which seem to him to be at the foundation of an intelligent understanding of the law of Evidence. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.