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Page 43 - It hath sovereign and uncontrollable authority in the making, confirming, enlarging, restraining, abrogating, repealing, reviving, and expounding of laws, concerning matters of all possible denominations, ecclesiastical or temporal, civil, military, maritime, or criminal: this being the place where that absolute despotic power, which must in all governments reside somewhere, is entrusted by the constitution of these kingdoms.
Page 2 - But that a science, which distinguishes the criterions of right and wrong ; which teaches to establish the one, and prevent, punish, or redress the other ; which employs in its theory the noblest faculties of the soul, and exerts in its practice the cardinal virtues of the heart ; a science, which is universal in its use and extent, accommodated to each individual, yet comprehending the whole community...
Page 161 - The eleemosynary sort are such as are constituted for the perpetual distribution of the free alms, or bounty, of the founder of them to such persons as he has directed. Of this kind are all hospitals for the maintenance of the poor, sick, and impotent ; and all colleges, both in our universities and out" of them : which colleges, are founded for two purposes ; 1.
Page 685 - Eaves-droppers, or such as listen under walls or windows, or the eaves of a house, to hearken after discourse, and thereupon to frame slanderous and mischievous tales...
Page 9 - I therefore style these parts of our law leges non scripts, 'because their original institution and authority are not set down in writing, as acts of parliament are, but they receive their binding power, and the force of laws, by long and immemorial usage, and by their universal reception throughout the kingdom.
Page 217 - A base, or qualified fee, is such a one as hath a qualification subjoined thereto, and which must be determined whenever the qualification annexed to it is at an end. As, in the case of a grant to A. and his heirs, tenants of the manor of Dale; in this instance, whenever the heirs of A.
Page 35 - THE security of his reputation or good name from the arts of detraction and slander, are rights to which every man is entitled, by reason and natural justice ; since without these it is impossible to have the perfect enjoyment of any other advantage or right.
Page 701 - And all these circumstances of justification, excuse or alleviation, it is incumbent upon the prisoner to make out, to the satisfaction of the court and jury : the latter of whom are to decide whether the circumstances alleged are proved to have actually existed ; the former, how far they extend to take away or mitigate the guilt. For all homicide is presumed to be malicious, until the contrary appeareth upon evidence1.
Page 825 - For in his time the law did receive so sudden a perfection, that sir Matthew Hale does not scruple to affirm ', that more was done in the first thirteen years of his reign to settle and establish the distributive justice of the kingdom, than in all the ages since that time put together.