Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law

The first volume of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law was published in November of 1765. It was a best-selling work and was printed in seven editions by 1780. It is considered a masterwork in English law and formed the foundation of the construction of law in America. It was a standard reference work in the courts of the thirteen colonies at the time of the American Revolution and lawyers such as Thomas Jefferson relied heavily upon it for their legal practice.

Our principle interest in Blackstone in re: Montauk is the power of escheat of land to the original grantor, or lord of the manor. The 1666 and 1686 patents together with the meaning of the 1852 incorporation clearly establish that properties which escheat propter defectum sanguinis (for lack of heirs) to the corporation of the proprietors of Montauk (as trustee). Escheats was a constitutional construction within the Constitution of the State of New York from 1777 until the repeals of 1962. (Now being questioned in the Supreme Court. - RAF)

Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law, edited by Bernard C. Gavit, Dean, Indiana University School of Law, Washington Law Book Co., Washington D.C., 1941