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” But the doubt is of whose reason it is that shall be received for law. It is not meant of any private reason, for then there would be as much contradiction in the laws as there is in the schools; nor yet, as Sir Edward Coke makes it, an ‘ artificial perfection of reason, gotten by long study, observation, and experience,’ as was his. For it is possible long study may increase and confirm erroneous sentences, and where men build on false grounds, the more they build, the greater is the ruin; and of those that study with equal time and diligence, the reason and the resolutions are, and must remain, discordant, and therefore it is not that jurisprudentia or wisdom of subordinate judges; but the reason of this our artificial man the commonwealth, and his command that maketh law.”

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