The Spirit And The Letter

A MAN was described in a plea as I. Jones, and the pleader referred

in another part of the plea to I as an initial. The plaintiff said

that the plea was bad, because I was not a name. Sir W. Maule said

that there was no reason why a man might not be christened I as well

as Isaac, inasmuch as either could be pronounced alone. The counsel for

the plaintiff then objected that the plea admitted that I was not a

name by describing it as an initial.--Yes, retorted the judge, but

it does not aver that it is not a final as well as an initial