Coke Upon Littleton, Extracts

Sir Edward Coke

Bentham was fond of referring to the extract from Coke given here, chiefly because it gave him the opportunity to point out the backwardness in general priciples of the Common Law as seen in the writings of one of its greatest jurists.

Source of the Text

I digitized this selection from Coke Upon Littleton (typed it in, actually :-), more fully, The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England, or, A Commentarie upon Littleton, not the name of a Lawyer onely, but of the Law it self, orginally published in 1628 by the Society of Stationers, London, but I took it from the facsimile edition published by the Garland Publishing, New York, 1979. I have retained, for the most part, the spelling of the orginal.

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