An Anniversary Discourse: Delivered Before the Historical Society of New York, on Saturday, December 6, 1823; Showing the Origin, Progress, Antiquities, Curiosities, and Nature of the Common Law

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E. Bliss and E. White, 1824 - Common law - 68 pages
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Page 2 - An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the author and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled "An Act supplementary to an act, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned...
Page 2 - BBOWN, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit : " Sertorius : or, the Roman Patriot.
Page 53 - The common law of England, so far as it is not repugnant to or inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, or the Constitution or laws of the state of California, shall be the rule of decision in all the courts of this state.
Page 20 - To sustain, to repair, to beautify this noble pile, is a charge intrusted principally to the nobility, and such gentlemen of the kingdom, as are delegated by their country to parliament. The protection of THE LIBERTY of BRITAIN is a duty which they owe to themselves, who enjoy it ; to their ancestors, who transmitted it down ; and to their posterity, who will claim...
Page 60 - ... both free and happy. When we go forth, it walks silent and unobtrusive by our side, covering us with its invisible shield from violence and wrong. Beneath our own roof, or by our own fireside, it makes our home our castle. All ages, sexes, and conditions, share its protecting influence. It shadows with its wing the infant's cradle, and with its arm upholds the tottering steps of age.
Page 59 - I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat, in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government — the ever favourite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labours, and dangers.
Page 12 - Saxon princes ; to the rules of the Roman law either left here in the days of Papinian, or imported by Vacarius and his followers...
Page 53 - ... and present convenience, truth would have been the constant object of their search ; chicane and pettifogging would have found no dark crevices to lurk in ; bad faith would have been banished from the temple of Justice ; good sense would not be shocked with the failures of right, upon exceptions of idle and unmeaning form : and Justice would not be seen for ever travelling upon by-paths, such as necessity enforces by the sides of a broken road.
Page 13 - These primary rules and fundamental principles should be weighed and compared with the precepts of the law of nature...
Page 65 - He however wrote, aud not sparingly. He also says, quoting Seneca, " it matters not how many books thou hast, but how good: multitude of books do rather burden than instruct, and it is far better, thoroughly to acquaint thyself with a few authors, than to wander through many.

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