A Popular and Practical Introduction to Law Studies: And to Every Department of the Legal Profession, Civil, Criminal, and Ecclesiastical; with an Account of the State of the Law in Ireland and Scotland, and Occasional Illustrations from American Law

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Maxwell, 1845 - Law - 944 pages
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Page 131 - Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word, Macduff is fled to England. Macb. Fled to England ? Len. Ay, my good lord. Macb. Time, thou anticipat'st my dread exploits : The flighty purpose never is o'ertook, Unless the deed go with it : from this moment, The very firstlings of my heart shall be The firstlings of my hand.
Page 517 - This statute is in derogation of the common law, therefore it is not to be extended by implication or construction. "As a rule of exposition, statutes are to be construed in reference to the principles of the common law ; for it is not to be presumed that the legislature intended to make any innovation upon the common -law, further than the case absolutely required.
Page 109 - He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
Page 40 - He was bred to the law, which is, in my opinion, one of the first and noblest of human sciences ; a science which does more to quicken and invigorate the understanding, than all the other kinds of learning put together ; but it is not apt, except in persons very happily born, to open and to liberalize the mind exactly in the same proportion.
Page 850 - Wise men have said are wearisome; who reads Incessantly, and to his reading brings not A spirit and judgment equal or superior (And what he brings, what needs he elsewhere seek) Uncertain and unsettled still remains, Deep versed in books and shallow in himself...
Page 530 - And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
Page 321 - But it lies for money paid by mistake, or upon a consideration which happens to fail, or for money got through imposition...
Page xxxi - In an action on the case for a nuisance to the occupation of a house, by carrying on an offensive trade, the pica of not guilty will operate as a denial, only that the defendant carried on the alleged trade in such a way as to be a nuisance to the occupation of the house ; and will not operate as a denial of the plaintiff's occupation of the house.
Page 219 - Chilling-worth, who by his example will teach both perspicuity, and the way of right reasoning, better than any book that I know; and therefore will deserve to be read upon that account over and over again; not to say any thing of his argument.
Page 414 - And therefore if all the reason that is dispersed into so many several heads, were united into one, yet could he not make such a law as the law of England is ; because by many successions of ages, it hath been fined and refined by an infinite number of grave and learned men...

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