The Life of Judge Jeffreys; Chief Justice of the King's Bench Under Charles II, and Lord High Chancellor of England During the Reign of James II

The Life of Judge Jeffreys; Chief Justice of the King's Bench Under Charles II, and Lord High Chancellor of England During the Reign of James II

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...passed between Dalzell and Claverhouse. ' Yes, gentlemen, 'repeated the Duke, 'I said I trusted the answer might be such as would save the effusion of blood. I hope the sentiment neither needs your scorn, nor incurs your displeasure!' Dalzell frowned, but made no answer. ' It is not for me to judge the propriety of your Grace's sentiments, ' said Claverhouse, his lip just curled with an ironical smile. The subsequent carnage was immense."--Tales of My landlord. The panic-struck jury, moulded, as it were, to the will of the court by the well-timed threats which had been held out, soon found bills of indictment against thirty persons; and in the course of the assizes they implicated more than three hundred in the great transaction. But does the reader imagine that it had ever been the intention of Jeffreys to give all his prisoners the benefit of a long and patient hearing? Well did that sagacious lawyer calculate that he might have sat in judgment until tho spring assizes if he had been vexed with the " say " of all these unhappy men. Now, therefore, came the ruse dc. guerre. He held out the white flag, and proclaimed that, "if any one of them there indicted would relent from their conspiracies, and plead guilty to the same, they should find him to be a merciful judge." It is very important just to mention here that which we shall show rather more at large presently, that the kind of people who were to be dealt with were such as by no means inclined to "relent from their conspiracies;" they were men of conspicuous hardihood and resolute daring, even while the cloud of death was overshadowing them. But, moreover, that there might be menace as well as encouragement, the prisoners were informed, at the same time, that...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236608704
  • 9781236608703