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The Works of Francis Bacon (1819)

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Pages: 636

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Francis Bacon

Excerpt from book: the minority of a King, should bind him or his successors, except it were confirmed by the King under his great seal at his full age. But the first act that passed in King Edward the sixth's time, was an act of repeal of that former act: at which time nevertheless the King was minor. But things that do not bind, may satisfy for the time. There was also made a shearing or under-propping act for the benevolence: to make the sums which any person had agreed to pay, and nevertheless were not brought in, to be leviable by course of law. Which act did not only bring in the arrears, but did indeed countenance the whole business, and was pretended to be Blade at the desire of those that had been forward to pay. This parliament also was made that good law, which gave the attaint upon a false verdict between party and party, which before was a kind of evangile, irremediable. It extends not to causes capital, as well because they are for the most part at the King's suit: as because in them, if they be followed in course of indictment, there passeth a double jury, the indictors, and the triers: and so not twelve men, but four and twenty. But it seemeth that was not the only reason : for this reason holdeth not in the appeal. But the great reason was, lest it should tend to the discouragement of jurors in cases of life and death: if they should be subject to suit and penalty, where the favour of life maketh against them. It extendeth not also to any suit, where the demand is under the value of forty pounds: for that in such cases of petty value it would not quit the charge, to go about again. There was another law made against a branch of ingratitude in women, who having been advanced by their husbands, or their husbands ancestors, should alien, and thereby seek to defeat the heirs, o...  

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