…nota bene…

I am aware that the scrupulous dignity of the law of England has not been accustomed to receive, as authorities, any thing less than the opinion delivered by judge upon the bench; the arguments of counsel in court, and their opinions at chambers, are placed among those extrajudicial and private matters that are wanting in the essential quality which should constitute a juridical authority. But it may be said, with due deference to the oracles which speak in our courts, that the opinions of lawyers have an advantage which those have not; they come down to us in the writing of the author, author - his own meaning conveyed in his own words; the opinions of courts, on the other hand, are usually conveyed by standers-by; and the clearest judgement may, in after-time, be brought in question from the inaccuracy of contradictory reports.

History of the law of shipping and navigation, John Reevs, 1792, p.10

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