H. Right is no other than RECTum, (regetum,) the past participle of the Latin verb regere, etc. In the same manner, our English word just is the past participle of the verb jubere. decree, Edict, Statute, Institute, Mandate, precept, are all past participles. F. What then is law? H. It is merely the past tense and past participle of the Gothic and Anglo-Saxon verb which means something or any thing laid down as a rule of conduct. Thus when a man demands his right, he asks only that which it is ordered he shall have. A right conduct is that which is ordered: a right reckoning is that which is ordered: a right line is that which is ordered or directed, (not a random extension, but) the shortest between two points : the right road is that ordered to be passed
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