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Address of Edward J. Phelps, President of the Association, 4 Annual Report of the American Bar Association 141 (1881)


GENTLEMEN OF THE ASSOCIATION:-Your Constitution, which requires of your president to " communicate the noteworthy changes in statute law " since our last meeting, has imposed upon me a dry subject, and one I have not found easy to deal with. Only five states (Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, Iowa, and Kentucky) have been so fortunate as to have escaped a meeting of their legislature during the past year. One other (California) has been happily relieved from the usual consequences of such a session, by its law-makers becoming so deeply involved in controversy among themselves as to be unable to agree upon any other legislation. The modern invention of the " dead-lock" is not without its advantages.

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