- Paperback: 476 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 15, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226055434
- ISBN-13: 978-0226055435
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,971,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Commentaries on Laws of England, Vol. 3 1st Edition
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Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England stands as the first great effort to reduce the English common law to a unified and rational system.
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He begins by saying, "Wrongs are divisible into two sorts of species: private wrongs, and public wrongs. The former are infringements or privation of the private or civil rights belonging to individuals considered as individuals... the latter are a breach and violation of public rights and duties, which affect the whole community... To investigate the first of these species of wrongs, with their legal remedies, will be our employment in the present book..." (Pg. 2)
He points out that the term "exchequer" (as in "court of the Exchequer") is so called "from the checqued cloth, resembling a chess-board, which covers the table there; and on which... the sums are marked and scored with counters." (Pg. 44)
He states that "With regard to the third absoute right of individuals, or that of private property, though the enjoyment of it, when acquired, is strictly a personal right; (but) it's nature and original, and the means of it's acquisition or loss, fell more directly under our second general division, of the rights of things..." (Pg. 138) He argues, "the law gives no private remedy for anything for a private wrong. Therefore no action lies for a public or common nuisance, but an indictment only: because the damage being common to all the king's subjects, no one can assign his particular proportion of it." (Pg. 219)
He suggests, "the trial by jury ever has been, and I trust ever will be, looked upon as the glory of the English law. And, if it has so great an advantage over others in regulating civil property, how much must that advantage be heightened, when it is applied to criminal cases!" (Pg. 379)
While this reprinted edition (e.g., using an "s" that looks to us like an "f") may be "off-putting" to some readers, I personally don't think it's a big deal; Blackstone's principles and reasoning are of such interest that they are certainly worth a bit of reading effort.