The British Prose Writers: Sheldon's table talk. Sir W. Blackstone's analysis of the laws of England

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J. Sharpe, 1821 - British prose literature

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Page 149 - And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so ? 23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil : but if well, why smitest thou me?
Page 52 - It is all one as if they should make the standard for the measure, we call a foot, a chancellor's foot, what an uncertain measure would this be ? One chancellor has a long foot, another a short foot, a third an indifferent foot: it is the same thing in the chancellor's conscience.
Page 52 - ... know what to trust to ; equity is according to the conscience of him that is chancellor, and as that is larger or narrower, so is equity. "Tis all one as if they should make the standard for the measure we call a foot...
Page 76 - We have more Words than Notions, half a dozen words for the same thing. Sometimes we put a new signification to an old word, as when we call a Piece a Gun. The Word Gun was in use in England for an Engine, to cast a thing from a Man, long before there was any Gun-powder found out.
Page 59 - Countries he is known by his Privileges; in Westminster -Hall he is one that is reputed one ; in the Court of Honour, he that hath Arms. The King cannot make a Gentleman of Blood. [What have you said ?] Nor God Almighty: but he can make a Gentleman by Creation. If you ask which is the better of these two, Civilly, the Gentleman of Blood, Morally, the Gentleman by Creation may be the better; for the other may be a Debauched Man, this a Person of worth.
Page 22 - Municipal law, thus understood, is properly defined to be a 'rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a state, commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong.
Page 63 - Jews, that they are cursed, they thrive where'er they come ; they are able to oblige the prince of their country, by lending him money ; none of them beg, they keep together, and for their being hated, my life for yours, Christians hate one another as much.
Page 77 - Ignorance of the law excuses no man ; not that all men know the law, but because 'tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to confute him.
Page 127 - Puritan would be judged by the word of God : if he would speak clearly, he means himself, but he is ashamed to say so ; and he would have me believe him before a whole church, that has read the word of God as well as he.
Page 41 - The second error is, that the house of commons are to begin to give subsidies, yet if the lords dissent they can give no money. 2. The house of commons is called the lower house in twenty acts of parliament, but what are twenty acts of parliament amongst friends ? 3. The form of a charge runs thus, I accuse in the name of all the commons of England, how then can any man be as a witness, when every man is made the accuser?

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