A complete digest of the theory, laws, and practice of insurance : compiled from the best authorities in different languages, which are quoted and referred to throughout the Work ; and arranged in alphabetical order, Under many select heads, with ample references, and a general index ; affording immediate and full Information, on every distinct Matter, Question, or Point. Containing I. The principles, doctrines, and usages, touching all matters of Insurance. II. All the cases of Insurance that have been adjudged in our Courts of Law and Equity, collected from the numerous Reports, and other law books extant, down to the present time ; -with several others which have never before been printed: -and some material Cases adjudged in foreign Courts. III. Extracts from all the statutes relating to Insurance, and matters immediately connected therewith. IV. The most useful Articles of all the foreign ordinances and regulations upon this subject. V. Extracts from treaties of commerce, &c. with regard to Freedom of Navigation, Contraband, Neutral Ships and Property, War, &c. VI. The respective Rights and Duties of insurers, insureds, brokers, agents, owners, freighters, masters of Ships, &c. as relative to matters of Insurance. Vii. The Nature, Object, and select Forms of policies of Insurance, Bottomry and Respondentia bonds ; -the true construction and operation of their several Terms and Clauses ; with Cautions and Remarks concerning written clauses. Viii. Rules interspersed throughout, for guarding against, and detecting fraud and imposition. IX. The curious Question discussed, with regard to the advantage, disadvantage, and legality, of insuring the Ships and Property of enemies ; with new and interesting Observations thereon. X. Accounts of the several companies & societies in England, for Insurance ; their Plans, Terms, &c. with critical and useful Remarks: -Also of the chambers of assurance abroad ; their Regulations, Authority, and summary Modes of Decision. XI. Concerning the maritime and other courts ; -the maritime laws ; -the law of nations ; -the laws of England ; -The lex mercatoria: -also Trials, Verdicts, and Arbitrations ; with regard to Insurance. XII. Various new matters, Rules, Cases, Methods, and Remarks, not in any other Book. With a preliminary discourse ; Wherein are delineated the very great disorders which prevail in Affairs of Insurance ; their principal causes explained ; and methods proposed for better regulation and prevention / by John Weskett, Merchant.