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Letter from the Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, of Massachusetts.

"Boston, 25 November, 1845.

"I take pleasure in putting on paper, agreeably to your request, the favorable opinions I have already expressed, in relation to your new edition of the Laws of the United States.
"The mere fact, that your edition has been freshly and carefully compared with the originals in the Department of State, would seem a sufficient commendation of it to all who appreciate the importance of an accurate text to the just understanding of the statutes.  This comparison, I learn, has not been instituted in the preparation of previous editions of the laws, (except that of Bioren and Duane,) and has resulted, in the present instance, in the discovery and correction of numerous errors.
"But your edition promises to be as comprehensive and complete as it is accurate.  It embraces all the laws which have been enacted since the foundation of our government, Private as well as Public, District as well as National, the obsolete and repealed as well as those now in force.  It includes, also, all our Treaties with foreign governments and with the Indian tribes.  And you have furnished it, still further, with copious references to the Decisions of the Federal Courts, and with an ample and elaborate Index.  There would thus seem nothing left to be desired for the completeness of our National Code.
"I say nothing of the typographical execution of the volumes, or of the moderate price at which you propose to supply them.  These matters will speak for themselves, and will combine with the other considerations which I have suggested in securing for your work the patronage it deserves.  It will afford additional satisfaction to purchasers, to know that you intend to publish an annual supplement, containing the laws which may be passed by Congress from year to year, and conforming in all respects to the body of the work.
"Wishing you all success in your undertaking,
"I am,
"Very respectfully,
"Your obedient servant,

"Messrs. Little and Brown."