The true rule on this subject undoubtedly is, that the declarations of a party are not competent evidence to prove , a matter directly in issue, unless parol evidence would be: admissible to establish it, or unless there is no higher or j better evidence of the same fact in existence, which can be!

Jameson v. Conway, 10 Ill. 227 (Illinois, Dec. 1, 1848)

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