Excerpt from The Law Magazine, or Quarterly Review of Jurisprudence, Vol. 54: August-November, 1855; Vol. XXIII, New Series
Such being the component elements of our Law Merchant, we would next remark that its history may properly be treated as divisible into three several portions, the first of these periods commencing with the Norman Conquest, and extending down to the time of Sir E. Coke, who became Chief J ustice.of the Common Pleas on the 3oth of June, am. 1606, and pre sided in the Queen's Bench from 1613 - 1616; the second of the three periods above referred to extending from the last mentioned epoch down to the appointnient of Lord Mansfield, in the year 1756; and the third reaching down to the present time, from the date last mentioned. During the first of these periods we shall find commerce slowly, and with dificulty.
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