An Apology for the Believers in the Shakspeare-Papers; Which Were Exhibited in Norfolk-Street
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. 1797 Excerpt: ...hardly a chicane, which some lawyers have not practised! Y 2 though though the fast was blazing before his eyes: For, there undoubtedly were unsealed bills, in the practice of England, before Shakspeare was born. I have produced a genuine note os hand, dated, in July 1596. The public accuser has produced three unsealed bills, of various forms. His learned coadjutor has seen, in the well known treatises on common assurances, unsealed bills of every shape. Lord Bacon spoke familiarly of unsealed bills; and assigned them their proper rank among book debts, and verbal contracts (s). Yet, notwithstanding all those authorities, the learned person " plays fast and "loose with faith: so jests with heaven." It will be found, on the contrary, that it Was not the want of unsealed bills, but the want of negotiable qualities in them, which stfas the real " theme of constant complaint." The learned person will quote the statute of (/) Anne, which was made to give those ne (s) The Statute of Usury, 13 Eliz. ch. 8. makes void Ail bandes, contractes, and assurances, collaterals or other: " This proves how various common affurances then were. Sir John Harrington has an epigram " On one that lent money M on sure band: "--' And for your more assurance you (hall have "What obligation, you yourself will crave; Or bill, or band, your payment to performs, "Recognizance, statute, or any forme." (r) 3-4 Ann. ch. ix. Inquiry, 394. gotiabl gotiable qualities to unsealed notes; in order to prove, in contradiction to the fact, that such notes did not exist before the statute: Yet, the practice of the country, and the proceedings of the courts, as they are reported by the lawyers, and quoted by him, evince, that such notes did exist, and...
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