THE PERIOD OF OLD TORYISM OR LEGISLATIVE QUIESCENCE (1800-1830)
FOUR points merit special attention:--the state of opinion during the era of legislative quiescence--the resulting absence of legal changes during the first quarter of the nineteenth century--the inquiry, why some considerable innovations took place even during this period--and the causes which brought the era of legislative quiescence to its close.
These seventy years constitute a period of legislative quiescence; the changelessness of the law is directly traceable to the condition of opinion. 1
The thirty years from 1760 to 1790 may be well termed as regards their spirit, the age of Blackstone. 2 English society was divided by violent though superficial political conflicts, but the tone of the whole time, in spite of the blow dealt to English prestige by the____________________