Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Consistory Court of London: Containing the Judgments of the Right Hon. Sir William Scott, Volume 2; Volume 10

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Page 368 - England ; no man shall be accounted or taken to be a lawful Bishop, Priest, or Deacon in the Church of England, or suffered to execute any of the said Functions, except he be called, tried, examined, and admitted thereunto, according to the Form hereafter following, or hath had formerly Episcopal Consecration, or Ordination.
Page 3 - ... in a hundred in which that proof would be attainable : it is very rarely indeed that the parties are surprised in the direct fact of adultery. In every case almost the fact is inferred from circumstances that lead to it by fair inference as a necessary conclusion^ and unless this were the case, and and unless this were so held, no protection whatever could be given to marital rights.
Page 263 - ... qui ea vera ac rata esse negant, quique falso affirmant, matrimonia a filiis familias sine consensu parentum contracta irrita esse, et parentes ea rata vel irrita faceré posse: nihilominus sancta Dei ecclesia ex iustissimis causis illa semper detestata est atque prohibuit.
Page 60 - Marriage, being a contract, is of course consensual (as is much insisted on, I observe, by some of the learned advocates J for it is of the essence of all contracts, to be constituted by the consent of parties. Consensus non concubitus facit matrimonium*, the maxim of the Roman civil law, is, in truth, the maxim of all law upon the subject...
Page 291 - The first thing which the Court looks to, when a charge of adultery is preferred, is the date of the charge, relatively to the date of the criminal fact charged, and known by the Party ; because, if the interval be very long between the date and knowledge of the fact, and the exhibition of them to this Court, It will be indisposed to relieve a party, who appears to have slumbered in sufficient comfort over them ; and It will be inclined to infer either an insincerity in the complaint, or an acquiescence...
Page 61 - Marriage, in its origin, is a contract of natural law; it may exist between two individuals of different sexes, although no third person existed in the world, as happened in the case of the common ancestors of mankind: it is the parent, not the child, of civil society, "principium urbis et quasi scminarium rci publicat." (Cic. de Off. 1. 17).- — In civil society it becomes a civil contract, regulated and prescribed by law, and endowed with civil consequences.
Page 2 - It is a fundamental rule, that it is not necessary to prove the direct fact of adultery ; because, if it were otherwise, there is not one case in a hundred in which that proof would be attainable : it is very rarely indeed that the parties are surprised in the direct fact of adultery.
Page 330 - If these positions be true, it certainly follows that the question of comparative duration sinks into utter insignificance. " In support of them, it seems to be assumed that the tenant himself is imperishable; for surely there can be no inextinguishable title, no perpetuity of possession, belonging to a subject which itself is perishable — but the fact is, that 'man,' and 'for ever,' are terms quite incompatible in any state of his existence, dead or living, in this world.
Page 402 - I do not say that foreign laws cannot be received in this Court in cases where the Courts of that country had a jurisdiction. But I deny the lex loci universally to be a foundation for the jurisdiction, so as to impose an obligation upon the Court to determine by those foreign laws.
Page 57 - The cause being entertained in an English Court, it must be adjudicated according to the principles of English law applicable to such a case, but the only principle applicable to such a case by the law of England is that the validity of...

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