It is therefore necessary that memorable things should be committed to writing, (the witness of times, the light and the life of truth,) and not wholly betaken to slippery memory which seldom yields a certain reckoning.

Edward Coke
Edward Coke (1552-1634) English jurist, politician
Les Reports de Edward Coke, Vol. 1 (1660)

Spelling modernized. Betaken means committed.

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