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Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-first Years
of the Reign of GEORGE III.
By SYLVESTER DOUGLAS, Ese.
OF LINCOLN'S INN.
THE THIRD EDITION, WITH ADDITIONS.
PA RT I.
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THERE is no species of publication which
demands a more scrupulous accuracy than those histories of judicial proceedings and decisions to which the name of Reports has been long appropriated.
The immediate province of the courts of justice is to administer the law in particular cases. But it is equally a branch of their duty, and one of still greater importance to the community, to expound the law they administer upon such principles of argument and construction as may furnish rules which shall govern in all similar or analogous cases. I
Such are the various modifications of which property is susceptible, so boundless the diversity of relations which may arise in civil life, so infinite the possible combinations of events and circumstances, that they elude the power of enumeration, and are beyond the reach of human fore. sight. A moment's reflection, therefore, serves to evince, that it would be impossible, by positive and direct legiNative authority, specially to provide for every particular case which may happen.
Hence it has been found expedient to entrust to the wisdom and experience of judges, the power of deducing, from the more general propositions of the law, such necessary corollaries, as shall appear, though not expressed in words, to be within their intent and meaning.