An fascinating line from Blackstone’s letters:
“Precedents are Legal guidelines interpreted by Utilization; & if there was no Interpretation, we should resort to the Legislation itself.”
“Letter 18. To Randle Wilbraham, 9 January 1753 [draft],” in The Letters of Sir William Blackstone 1744–1780, at 26 (W. R. Prest ed. 2006) (Selden Society Supplementary Collection vol. 14).