For the purposes of the strict common law rule, there was no mistake of general law where there was ignorance of a private right, even though the private right was the result of a matter of law1, or depended on rules of law applied to the construction of legal documents2. Nor was there any mistake of general law where there was ignorance of a right which depended on questions of mixed law and fact, and a statement of fact which involved a conclusion of law is still a statement of fact and not a statement of law3. Mistake as
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