William Blackstone's Commentaries Systematically Abridged and Adapted to the Existing State of the Law and Constitution with Great Additions by Samuel Warren
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 Excerpt: ...his franchise, or himself filling municipal office: for a town council, according to its conduct, may be a credit or a grievous discredit to the community among which it is called into existence. CHAPTER XLII. PEOPEETY, ITS ORIGIN AND GROWTH. 2 Bla. Com., pp. 2--14. Thebe is nothing which so generally strikes the imagination, 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. And yet there are few that will give themselves the trouble to consider the origin and foundation of this right. Pleased as we are with the possession, we seem afraid to look hack to the means by twhich it was acquired, as if fearful of some defect in our title; or, at best, we rest satisfied with the decision of the laws in our favour, without examining the reason or authority upon which those laws have been built. We think it enough that our title is derived by the grant of the former proprietor, by descent from our ancestors, or by the last will and testament of the dying owner; not caring to reflect that, accurately and strictly speaking, there is no foundation in nature, or in natural law, why a set of words upon parchment should convey the dominion of land; why the son should have a right to exclude his fellowcreatures from a determinate spot of ground, because his father had done so before him; or why the occupier of a FOUNDATION OF THE BIGHT OF PBOPEBTY. 407 particular field, or of a jewel, when lying on his death-bed, and no longer able to maintain possession, should be entitled to tell the rest of the world, which of them should enjoy it after him. These inquiries, it must be owned, would be usele...
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- 1723-1780 Sir William Blackstone
- Paperback | 294 pages
- 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
- Publication date
- 14 May 2012
- Publication City/Country
- Miami Fl, United States
- Illustrations note
- Illustrations, black and white