Excerpt from Guide to Changes in the New York Statute Law, Made Since the Year 1858: Adapted to the Fifth Edition of the Revised Statutes; With a Reference to Each Page and Section of Said Edition Affected by Subsequent Legislation, and Also the Date and Chapter of the Amendatory Acts
Tax Revised Statutes of New York, enacted in 1827 and 1828, were published in 1829. Subsequent legislation introduced so many innovations, that to present at one view, without confusion, the bulk of positive law in force in this State, later editions have been justly considered necessary from time to time. The second, of 1836, and the third, of 1846, were respectively edited by John Duer, Benjamin F. Butler, and John C. Spencer, the original Revisers. To the labors of Hiram Denio and William Tracy, we are indebted for the edition of 1852. The most recent was prepared by Amasa J. Parker, George Wolford and Edward Wade, and was published in 1859.
In 1836, the Revisers wrote, A new edition of the Revised Statutes seems required by the wants of the citizens of this State. The alterations made by the Legislature are so numerous and im portant as to create great difficulty in ascertaining the exact state of the statute laws, unless those relating to the same subject are placed together so as to exhibit their mutual relation.
The want of a new collection must be still greater at the present time. Since the excellent work of Judge Parker and his associates, nearly eleven thousand new laws have been passed. To collate these is no triﬂing labor. N o digest exists properly arranging them. The result is that practitioners are subjected to unnecessary exertion and loss of time, in searching through the numerous volumes of session laws; the indices of some of which are far from unfailing guides. Instances are not rare where important clauses of statutes have escaped the attention of astute lawyers and learned and accurate judges.
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