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ENDEAvour has been made in the following Index that every fact contained in the CoMPANIon shall be found under its most probable title. With this view, in many instances the same fact will be found entered under various heads, so as to avoid the loss of time occasioned by reference from one title to another in the Index.
Generally, under the name of any particular place, its trade, imports and exports, are placed respectively together; but as it frequently happens that the parliamentary returns are made up of both imports and exports together, and often with the amount and value of home consumption added, that plan has not been strictly adhered to. In consulting the Index, therefore, the reader will sometimes have occasion to run through the whole entries under a particular title for the object of his search.
In indexing the chronicle of the Session, the most promiment debates only have been noticed, as in numerous cases the chronicle itself is but an index to the parliamentary proceedings. Where, however, a measure has been frequently debated, care has been taken to make a reference to each period of debate. Where the discussion on a Bill has immediately preceded its passing, the date to the Statute, in the “Abstract of important Public Acts,” will be a sufficient guide to find what may be required in the chronicle of the Session.