The Canadian Law Review Volume 2

The Canadian Law Review Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...where we can Well imagine that prison life had been made somewhat less miserable for After his _ them by the association with that re nowned courtier Sir Walter Raleigh, with whom they had been confined. Great influence had been brought to bear upon the king to obtain a pardon, but seemingly to no avail. On the clay set for the execution they were taken to the scaflold, and there in the presence of the executioner were shrived, and well nigh shrouded. At the last moment, however, the sherifl took them aside and produced a pardon from the king. The reporter tells us, "the Lord Cobham (holding his hand to heaven) applauded this incomparable mercy of so gracious a sovereign, aggravating his own fault, by comparing it with the prince's clemency, wishing confusion to all men alive, that should ever think against such a prince, as neither gave cause of ofience, not took revenge of ingratitude. "The Lord Gray, finding in what measure this rare king had rewarded good for evil, and forborne to make him an example of discouragement and terror to all men that hereafter might attempt to break the bonds of loyalty, upon the passions of any ambition, began to sob and weep for a great while, with most deep coutrition, protesting now, that such was his zeal and desire to redeem his fault by any means of satisfaction, as he could easily sacrifice his life, to prevent the loss of one finger of that royal hand, that had dealt so mercifully with him, when he least looked or it." (2 How. St. Tr. 68.) If it is a goodly thing to be saved on the scaffold it certainly is a ghast-ly thing to be deceived when the condemned has reason to believe he is pardoned. The reported case of William Atterson and John Dudley is an instance of this. (12 How....show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236911091
  • 9781236911094