Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) was an English jurist active
in the mid-18th century, whose work on English Common Law provided
guidance to the Framers of the US Constitution.
The treatise, Commentaries on the Laws of England, comprised a four-volume set covering such topics as:
- Rights of Persons (social stratification in a class society)
- Rights of Things (property law)
- Private Wrongs (torts)
- Public Wrongs (criminal law)
Commentaries on the Laws of England, originally published by Clarendon Press, Oxford, in 1765-1769, is in the public domain and may be read on the Yale Law School site accessible via Related Links, below.