Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books; with an Analysis of the Work. With a Life of the Author, and Notes: by Christian, Chitty, Lee, Hovenden, and Ryland: and Also References to American Cases, Volume 1
Sir William Blackstone, Edward Christian, Joseph Chitty, Thomas Lee, John Eykyn Hovenden, Archer Ryland
W.E. Dean, 1838 - Great Britain
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Page 353 - By marriage, the husband and wife are one person in law: that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least is incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband...
Page 403 - I proceed to distribute and consider its several objects. •There is nothing which so generally strikes the imagination, [ *2 ] and engages the affections of mankind, as the right of property ; or that sole and despotic dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in total exclusion of the right of any other individual in the universe.
Page 353 - For this reason, a man cannot grant any thing to his wife, or enter into covenant with her ; for the grant would be to suppose her separate existence; and to covenant with her, would be only to covenant with himself...
Page 317 - For as to the strength of body, the weakest has strength enough to kill the strongest, either by secret machination, or by confederacy with others, that are in the same danger with himself.
Page 322 - That the raising or keeping a standing army within the kingdom in time of peace, unless it be with consent of parliament, is against law.
Page 114 - 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...
Page 114 - ... this being the place where that absolute despotic power which must in all governments reside somewhere, is entrusted by the constitution of these kingdoms. All mischiefs and grievances, operations and remedies, that transcend the ordinary course of the laws, are within the reach of this extraordinary tribunal.
Page 100 - Majesty, that no man hereafter be compelled to make or yield any gift, loan, benevolence, tax, or such like charge, without common consent by act of parliament...
Page 46 - ... as well to keep the scale of justice even and steady, and not liable to waver with every new judge's opinion ; as also because the law in that case being solemnly declared and determined, what before was uncertain, and perhaps indifferent, is now become a permanent rule, which it is not in the breast of any subsequent judge to alter or vary from, according to his private sentiments...
Page 26 - This law of nature being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times ; no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this ; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.