A narrative of facts, relating to a prosecution for high treason: including the address to the jury, which the court refused to hear, with letters to the Attorney General, Lord Chief Justice Eyre, Mr. Serjeant Adair, the Honourable Thomas Erskine, and Vicary Gibbs Esq., and the defence the author had prepared, if he had been brought to trial

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Printed for H. D. Symonds, 1795 - Great Britain - 215 pages
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Page 29 - ... solicitor and another gentleman of the law ; where, as soon as the business of the court would permit, he thus addressed himself to Lord Chief Justice Eyre. Mr. Holcroft. " My Lord, being informed that a bill for high-treason has been preferred against me, Thomas Holcroft, by His Majesty's Attorney General, and returned a true bill by a Grand Jury of these realms, I come to surrender myself to this court, and my country, to be put upon my trial, that, if I am a guilty man, the whole extent of...
Page 78 - Sentence of the Court [but not of the law] is, That you, and each of you, shall be taken from the bar, and conveyed to the place from whence you came, and from thence be drawn upon a hurdle to the place of execution, there to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead; you shall be taken down alive, your privy members shall be cut off, and your bowels shall be taken out and burnt before your faces; your heads shall be severed from your...
Page 31 - ... kind, it is impossible for me to say any thing precisely, until the thing required be asked. However, Sir, you may depend upon it, every thing will be granted to the party accused, so as to enable him to make his defence. — If I understand you rightly, you now admit that you are the person standing indicted by the name of Thomas Holcroft.' Mr. Holcroft. ' That, indeed, my Lord, is what I cannot affirm — I have it only from report.
Page 41 - I beg leave to offer you my most sincere thanks for the honour you have done me in drinking my health, and for the very flattering manner iu which that honour has been conferred.
Page 38 - I tell you, gentlemen,' said he, glancing round the room with ineffable self-satisfaction, and exulting in what he called the jewel, the unique, which was under his hammer, ' Need I tell you, gentlemen, that this elegant contingency is the only infallible source of fortune, titles, and honours in this happy country ? That it leads to the highest situations in the State ? And that, meandering through the tempting sinuosities of ambition, the purchaser will find the margin strewed with roses, and his...
Page 28 - ... of the borough of Stockbridge, had procured themselves to be elected by the most scandalous bribery; and that the two gentlemen, who sat and voted during as long a period for the borough of Great Grimsby, had not been elected at all.
Page 22 - MY DEAR FRIENDS AND CHILDREN, The reason of my writing to you at this moment is to prevent any unnecessary alarm ; to which, indeed, I hope you would not have been very liable, even if I had not written, and if you had previously heard the strange intelligence I am about to communicate, through any other channel. ' It is asserted in the Morning Post of to-day, and I have before received the same information from various people, that a bill is to be presented to the Grand Jury, containing...
Page 32 - The houfe heard it dib tindly read. They ordered it to lie on their table ; and, after a debate of two days, refufed to appoint a committee to take it into confideration. We flate the faft to the world, and leave it without any further obfervation. In the conduct of this...
Page 27 - Your Petitioners complain, that the right of voting is regulated by no uniform or rational principle. Your Petitioners complain, that the exercise of the elective franchise is only renewed once in seven years.
Page 78 - ... ,upon a hurdle to the place of execution, there to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead ; you shall be taken down alive, your privy members shall be cut off, and your bowels shall be taken out and burnt before your faces; your heads shall be severed from vour bodies, and your bodies shall then be divided into four quarters, which are to be at the king's disposal; and the Lord have mercy on your souls...

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