History of the English Law, from the Time of the Saxons, to the End of the Reign of Philip and Mary; In Four Volumes Volume 3
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. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...might be better left to experience to correct, without making them the object of legislative notice, it is most probable that this imposture was many times held forth as a cover to the real operation of coining base money, in which light it became a matter of serious and national concern. It was for this reason, and perhaps under some small apprehension lest the process of changing metals might by possibility succeed, that it was enacted by stat. 5 Hen. IV. c. 4. that any one who multiplied gold or silver or used the craft of multiplication, and was attainted thereof, should incur the pain of felony. Because many persons had lately been beat and maimed, and afterwards had their tongues cut out, or their eyes put out, it was by the same statute (b) made felony for, any one so to cut tongues, or put out the eyes of any one, if it was proved to be done with malice prepense. This shews that mayhem was not now considered as a felony of life and limb; for though cutting out tongues did not come under that construction, yet putting out eyes was a mayhem at common law (c). These were all the felonies enacted in this reign. The misdemeanors, besides what may have been. mentioned in different parts of this reign, were few. The statute 12 Ric. II. c. 6. (d) against unlawful games, was () A person who had been tricked e.f his money in this way, after a minute account of the process and the deception, is there made to say, "Lo, ' tchiih advantage it to Multiflie!" Cant. Tales, vol. iii. p. 95. Edit. Tyrwh. (i) Ch. 5. (e) Vid. nt vol. U. 3. 35. (dj Vid. ant. 170,171. confirmed by stat. 11 Hen. IV. c. 4. and it was moreover ordained, that labourers and servants offending against it should be imprisoned for six days. All mayors, ...
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