Obsolete Laws


Francis Bacon was continually but unsuccessfully pressing his views upon the government concerning the necessity of a regular systematic revision of laws, many of which had become obsolete, and in 1608 asked for the appointment of a commission for this purpose. Nothing was done about it in 1611, 1614, and 1621 he urged the matter upon the attention of King James, and offered his personal services in the execution of the work, but without success.

Is it a coincidence that in 1623 we find "Shakespeare" publishing, in the First Folio of his plays, the play "Measure for Measure," which deals with this subject and demonstrates the importance of removing obsolete laws from the statue books?


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