Evidence of reputation1, that is to say, of the common or general attribution to a person or thing of a particular feature, may be oral or documentary, so that deeds, leases and other private documents may be admitted as declaratory of their contents; and the evidence need not necessarily be supported by usage2.
Under the preserved common law rule3, evidence of reputation or family tradition is admissible in civil proceedings4 for the purpose of proving or disproving the existence of any public5 or general right or of identifying any person or thing6. Cases where the common law rule has been
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