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Page 9 - God thanks, and make no boast of it; and for your writing and reading, let that appear when there is no need of such vanity. You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch; therefore bear you the lanthorn. This is your charge : you shall comprehend all vagrom men ; you are to bid any man stand, in the prince's name. WATCH. How, if a
Page 26 - Jury have taken great pains to go up and down in every hole and corner of Westminster : they and their wives: and to learn all they could hear, concerning his past and present life and conversation. Never had any culprit a better chance of having a fair trial.
Page 87 - The evidence that you shall give to the court and jury, sworn between our sovereign lady the Queen and the prisoner at the bar, shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth : So help you God.
Page 25 - ... that they were sure one day he would come to the gallows, and the remainder are fully of opinion that he deserves the halter. My Lord, I should ill have performed my duty, if I had allowed my bailiffs to summon the jury at hap-hazard, and without previously ascertaining the extent of their testimony.
Page 17 - Justices of the Peace Act, 1361 (eavesdropping statute) (34 Edw. 3, ch.1): "First, that in every county of England shall be assigned for the keeping of the peace, one lord, and with him three or four of the most worthy in the county, with some learned in the law...
Page 47 - Take him home to the pit," said the vicar-general, "where, shut out from the light of day, and the air of heaven, he will be bound in iron, fed with the bread of tribulation, and drinking the water of sorrow, until he shall have sought atonement for his misdeeds and expiated his shame.
Page 9 - DOGBERRY. Are you good men and true ? VERGES. Yea, or else it were pity but they should suffer salvation, body and soul. DOGBERRY. Nay, that were a punishment too good for them, if they should have any allegiance in them, being chosen for the Prince's watch.