The case is this. A large portion of the body of the law was, by the bigotry or artifice of lawyers, locked up in an illegible character, and in a
foreign tongue. The statute (Blackstone) mentions obliged them to give up their hieroglyphics, and to restore the native language to its rights. This was doing much; but it was not doing everything. Fiction, tautology, technicality, circuity, irregularity, inconsistency remain. But above all, the
pestilential breath of Fiction poisons the sense of every instrument it comes near.
Jeremy Bentham, A Comment on the Commentaries (Blackstone)