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1819 Aug. 26

Ch. Logical High
§. King can do no wrong


The original impost wa Absurd as it is the first mentioned impost was the f is that which
at the time the maxim was first broached was attached to it
by the profligate venal and servile crew who were the founders of that
fictitious system so miscalled by the name of law — the lawyers
the perpetually removable instruments of his despotism — the
lawyers Judges and other Crown-Lawyers. (a)

Under the Stuarts, when handed by Sir Edward
Coles who had fallen into disgrace at Court,
under a prospect
of support from the a large portion of the people whose
patience had at length been wearied by misrule some
eminent lawyers had headed by the Lord Coke the displaced a disgraced
and malecontent Chief Justice, had engaged in opposition
lawyer craft had employed itself in spinning out of this
maxim that
counteracting as above the effect of this maxim
by one of an opposite tendency drawn spun out of its own
bowels. A ground for it in precedent was found for it
in several the case of several Court favourites and other instruments who in different parts
of the history had
perished on the scaffold.

In doing this, they did all that in then existing
state of the public mind was capable of being done, towards
opposing a any barrier whatsoever howsoever feeble to monarchical
despotism tyranny.

Note (a)

(a) Note on Droit le Roi. Thinking probably to obtain Court-favour
at the time of the contest between John Wilkes and the King's Ministers
a man of Lincolns Inn of the name of Bricknock, a lawyer who then was or had
been an Attorney, published a book under the name law french title of Droit le
Rights of the King. Without the selection made of them and
the varnish put upon them by Blackstone, it consisted of extracts [faithfully]
made compiled from the books of the old lawyers. As faithful as any picture can be of
that which has no existence, it was a a picture of such part of the the Common Law as relates
to the powers of the Monarch
It was such a picture as
no Sophy of Persia, no
Czar of Muscovy, could have
complained of as falling
short of his rights, that is
of his desires. Apprehensive
of being looked upon as being
at the bottom of it, the ministerial
party in the House proposed, and the opposition acceded to, the burning of it by the hands of the Common hang man; and burnt it was. Some years after, the compiler was hanged in Ireland for

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