A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, with Notes and Other Illustrations Volume 28
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. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...facts, of which there is " no doubt, reflect the highest honour upon " lord Kilwarden's memory, the whole shall " be given here. " In the year 1795, when he was attorney"general, a. number of young men (zill of " whorn were between the ages of fifteen and " twenty) were indicted for high treason. " Upon the day appointed for their trial they " appeared in the dock, wearing shirts with " tuckers and open collars, in the manner " usual with boys. When the chief justice of " the King's Bench, before whom they were " to be tried, came into court and observed " them, he called out, ' Well, Mr. Attorney, " ' I suppose you're ready to go on with the " ' trials of these tuckered traitors.' The " attorney-general was ready, and had at" tended for that purpose; but indignant and " disgusted at hearing such language from the "judgment seat, he rose, an replied, 'N0, " ' my lord, I am not ready; and ' (added he, " in a low tone, to one of the prisoners' coun" sel who was near him), ' if I have any " ' power to save the lives of these boys, " ' whose extreme youth I did not before ob" ' serve, that man shall never have the gra" ' tification of passing sentence upon a single " ' one of these tucker-ed traitors.' He per" formed his promise, and soon after pro" cured pardons for them all, upon the con" dition of their expatriating themselves for " ever; but one of them obstinately refusing " to accept the pardon on that condition, he " was tried, convicted, and executed. Thus...
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