John Powell

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Sir John Powell (1645 - 14 June 1713) was an English politician, lawyer and later judge. He was elected as Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Gloucester in 1685.


  • Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.
    • Coggs vs. Bernard, Lord Raymond, 911, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason... The law, which is perfection of reason", Edward Coke, First Institute of the Lawes of England (1628).
  • We can judge the intent of the parties only by their words.
    • Idle v. Cooke (1704), 2 Raym. 1149.

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