Note 044
From Chapter 25 of the Decline & Fall

The French and English lawyers of the present age allow the theory, and deny the practice, of witchcraft (Denisart, Recueil de Decisions de Jurisprudence, au mot Sorciers, tom. iv. p. 553. Blackstone's Commentaries, vol. iv. p. 60). As private reason always prevents, or outstrips, public wisdom, the president Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws, 1. xii. c. 5, 6) rejects the existence of magic.

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