William Henry Ashurst (judge)

English judge (1725-1807)

William Henry Ashurst (1725–1807) was an English judge.


  • There is no magic in parchment or in wax.
    • Master v. Miller (1763), 4 T. R. 320.
  • Every rule may be waived by the person for whose benefit it is introduced.
    • Bickerdike v. Bollman (1787), 1 T. R. 405.
  • No man ought to be so absurd as to make a purchase without looking at the title deeds; if he is, he must take the consequence of his own negligence.
    • Goodtitle v. Morgan (1787), 1 T. R. 762.
  • No admission of the party . . . can make that legal which is in its nature illegal.
    • Atherfold v. Beard (1788), 1 T. R. 615.
  • It is a strong presumption that that which never has been done cannot by law be done at all.
    • Russell v. The Mayor of Devon (1788), 1 T. R. 673.
  • Better that an individual should suffer an injury than that the public should suffer an inconvenience.
    • Russell v. The Mayor of Devon (1788), 1 T. R. 673.
  • Though the mere opinion of an Attorney- or Solicitor-General ought not to be cited, yet coupled with the fact, it may have some weight as showing the general sense of professional men.
    • King v. Pasmore (1789), 3 T. R. 243.
  • When the Court see reason to suspect that justice has not been done to any particular defendant, they will in their discretion direct a further enquiry into the merits of the cause.
    • The King v. Holt (1793), 5 T. R. 444.
  • This Court will always know to temper mercy with justice where there is room for it.
    • Holt's Case (1793), 22 How. St. Tr. 1237.
  • General laws cannot give way to particular cases.
    • King v. The College of Physicians (1797), 7 T. R. 290.
  • It is every man's own fault if he does not take such advice as will be sure to lead him right.
    • Goodtitle v. Otway (1797), 7 T. R. 420.
  • Paper currency, guarded by proper regulations and restrictions, is the life of commerce.
    • Jordaine v. Lashbrooke (1798), 7 T. R. 605.