Saturday, July 9, 2011

Edward Coke on Confirmationes Chartarum

Upon discussing a statute confirming Magna Charta (in the second part of his Institutes in 1628), Edward Coke wrote,

“But here may be observed, that when any ancient Law or Custom of Parliament is broken, and the Crown possessed of a precedent, how difficult a thing it is to restore the Subject again to his former freedom and safety.”

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