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From Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries:

[William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Common Law of England were the books studied by the Founders, and all others interested in Law or seeking to become a Lawyer in the Colonies, at the time our Nation was established.]

For in vain would rights be declared, in vain directed to be observed, if there were no method of recovery and asserting those rights, when wrongfully withheld or invaded. That is what we mean properly when we speak of the protection of the law. Pg 56 of Blackstone’s Commentaries titled “on the nature of laws”

the legislature, and of course the laws of England, being peculiarly adapted to the preservation of this inestimable blessing even in the meanest subject. Very different from the modern constitutions of other states, on the continent of Europe, and from the genius of the imperial law; which in general are calculated to vest an arbitrary and despotic power of controlling the actions of the subject in the prince, or in a few grandees. And this spirit of liberty is so deeply implanted in our constitution, and rooted even in our very soil,

Edited by George Tucker, after American Revolution

1. Blackstone's Com. page 46. "Sovereignty and Legislature are indeed convertible terms; one cannot subsist without the other."