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 (blăk′stōn′, -stən), Sir William 1723-1780.
British jurist and educator who wrote Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769), the most comprehensive single treatment of the body of English law.


(ˈblækˌstəʊn; -stən)
(Biography) Sir William. 1723–80, English jurist noted particularly for his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765–69), which had a profound influence on jurisprudence in the US


(ˈblækˌstoʊn, -stən)

Sir William, 1723–80, English jurist and writer on law.
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Now when these poor sun-burnt mariners, bare-footed, and with their trowsers rolled high up on their eely legs, had wearily hauled their fat fish high and dry, promising themselves a good 150 pounds from the precious oil and bone; and in fantasy sipping rare tea with their wives, and good ale with their cronies, upon the strength of their respective shares; up steps a very learned and most Christian and charitable gentleman, with a copy of Blackstone under his arm; and laying it upon the whale's head, he says -- Hands off
The truth is, on the contrary, that his prerogative, in this respect, is immenmorial, and was only disputed, "contrary to all reason and precedent," as Blackstone vol.
Blackstone, though an eccentric, is not known to have been an immoral man.
Blackstone, the first settler of the peninsula; that half mythological personage who rides through our early annals, seated on the back of a bull.
He had lost just as much himself to Blackstone of the Hussars, and Count Punter of the Hanoverian Cavalry.