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All are agreed that the conception of the American Institute of Law was not less than splendid. Certainly not since Justinian's time had so im- pressive a plan for the formulation of the law of a great people been put in execution; and it is improbable that even the imperial government of sixth century Byzantium could have provided such munificent financial sup- port for the jurists who compiled the Corpus Juris Civilis as that which has been provided for the work of The American Law Institute by twentieth century private benefaction. The plan, grandly conceived and supported with such princely generosity, was set in operation with vigor and skill. America's greatest legal scholars and the foremost among her barristers and judges were mustered and marshalled in the campaign against the error, uncertainty, confusion and conflict that have so long characterized Amer- ican law. Surely no better ordered plan could have been devised for bring- ing to bear upon the restatement of American law the best that America could afford in scholarship, experience and ability. The administration of the enterprise has been vigorous, intelligent and efficient

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