To deny the possibility, nay, the actual existence of witchcraft and sorcery, is at once flatly to contradict the revealed word of God in various passages both of the Old and New Testament, and the thing itself is a Truth to which every nation in the world hath, in its turn, borne testimony, by either example seemingly well attested or by prohibitory laws, which at least suppose the possibility of a commerce with evil spirits.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, Commentaries, 1765
It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.
WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, Commentaries on the Laws of England
There is nothing which so generally strikes the imagination and engages the affections of mankind, as the right of property; of that sole and despotic dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in total exclusion of the right of any other individual in the universe.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE, Commentaries on the Laws of England