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1835 Excerpt: ...favour." " Pish --Judicandum est legibus non
exemplis," quoth trumpet--" Caius, Ulpian, Tribonian." " St. Thomas
Aquinas." " The French judges on our side." " The English judges on
ours." " Do unto others as you would they should do unto you."
"That's not law." " No, but its gospel." " The opposite counsel
must be hard run for law, your honours, when he is obliged to
resort to gospel." " Omne actum ab agentis intentione est
Judicandum," said our side. " Caveat Emptor " answered the brazen
trumpet. This did our business--at that awful annunciation my
counsel was struck dumb, and word spake never more--the judge
nodded approbation--Caveat emptor carried the day--the jury gave a
verdict in favour of the jockey, and my horse, being thus legally
reinstated in the possession of his eye and his wind, was left on
my hands as an excellent purchase. I must acknowledge this decision
a little undermined my faith in the common law, as, in addition to
a bad horse on my hands, I had a bill of costs to pay besides.
However, impressions of long growth and standing are not worn away
at once. To be sure, law was, I found, rather an expensive article.
But, after all, it is the price that constitutes the value of a
thing in the common estimation, and it is doubtful whether the
ignorant would not come to despise the law if they could get it for
nothing. Upon the whole, I continued to cherish a profound devotion
for the perfection of reason. This devotion was, however, destined
to receive another shock, in consequence of a very trifling affair,
which, however, cost me no small expense and vexation. It happened
that one day, being in immediate want, I called in at a s...
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