THE COMMON LAW

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THE COMMON LAW

HERE THE COMMON LAW OF ENGLAND WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE CONTINENT WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST SETTLERS ON MAY 13, 1607.  THE FIRST CHARTER GRANTED BY JAMES I TO THE VIRGINIA COMPANY IN 1606 DECLARED THAT THE INHABITANTS OF THE COLONY”…SHALL HAVE AND ENJOY ALL LIBERTIES, FRANCHISES AND IMMUNITIES…  AS IF THEY HAD BEEN ABIDING AND BORNE WITHIN THIS OUR REALME OF ENGLANDE…”.  SINCE MAGNA CARTA THE THE COMMON LAW HAS BEEN THE CORNERSTONE OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES, EVEN AS AGAINST THE CROWN.  SUMMARIZED LATER IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS ITS PRINCIPLES HAVE INSPIRED THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SYSTEM OF FREEDOM UNDER LAW WHICH IS AT ONCE OUR DEAREST POSSESSION AND PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT.

PRESENTED BY THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR  MAY 13, 1959.

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