Arguments and decisions, in remarkable cases: before the High Court of Justiciary, and other supreme courts, in Scotland

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Printed for J. Bell, 1774 - Criminal law - 776 pages
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Page 433 - ... and the like. But I take these to be one and the same thing. For the authority of these maxims rests entirely upon general reception and usage: and the only method of proving, that this or that maxim is a rule of the common law, is by showing that it hath been always the custom to observe it.
Page 356 - ... said realm of England, dominion of Wales or town of Berwick upon Tweed, or any of the...
Page 385 - October 1828, or on one or other of the days of that month, or of...
Page 614 - I do believe in my conscience, that the Person Pretended to be Prince of Wales during the life of the late King James, and since his decease, pretending to be and taking upon himself the...
Page 355 - ... of this kingdom of England, dominion of Wales, or town of Berwick upon Tweed...
Page 438 - ... pear, till it burft out at once to confume me and my children ? " Better it were to live under no law at all, and, by the maxims of *' cautious prudence, to conform ourfelves the beft we can to the ar...
Page 297 - An Act to explain and amend the Laws touching the Elections of Members to serve for the Commons in Parliament for that Part of Great Britain called Scotland, and to restrain the Partiality and regulate the Conduct of Returning Officers at such Elections.
Page 420 - WHEREAS it is found by experience, that the laws already in being have not been sufficient to prevent corrupt and illegal practices in the election of members to serve in parliament...
Page 438 - Christians did their books of curious arts, and betake yourselves to the plain letter of the statute, which tells you where the crime is, and points out to you the path by which you may avoid it.
Page 438 - It is now full two hundred and forty years since treasons were defined ; and so long has it been since any man was touched to this extent upon this crime, before myself. We have lived, my lords, happily to ourselves, at home : we have lived gloriously abroad to the world : let us be content with what our fathers have left us : let not our ambition carry us to be more learned than they were, in these killing and destructive arts.

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