„The common law, though not to be found in the written records of the realm, yet has been long well known. It is coeval with civilised society itself, and was formed from time to time by the wisdom of man. Good sense did not come with the Conquest, or at any other one time, but grew and increased from time to time with the wisdom of mankind.“
— Lloyd Kenyon, 1st Baron Kenyon British Baron 1732 - 1802
Rex v. Rusby (1800), Peake's N. P. Cases, 193.