Speeches Of Thomas Lord Erskine (volume 2)

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byBaron Thomas Erskine Erskine

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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. 1870. Excerpt: ... tary fortune in Kent, and who could not but know that his person was as well known to every man in Maidstone as St Paul's Church to the inhabitants of Ludgate Hill; the other, standing upon a table within six yards of the Judges, in the robes of his profession, close by a large chandelier, described at that time by all the witnesses to have been fully lighted. You are desired, I say, to believe that these two persons, without any motive upon earth brought home to them by any part of the evidence, engaged publicly in a scene of audacious riot and violence, in the public face of the most dignified Court, in the presence of all its numerous officers, of an acute and intelligent bar, of the Sheriff and all his train, of a jury composed of the principal gentlemen of the county, and of all that concourse of attendants upon an important State prosecution which either duty or curiosity had collected. I maintain that the history of the world does not furnish an example of such a total departure from every principle of human action, and from all common sense and prudence, in the commission of a crime. The interest of the parties to commit it appears to be nothing--the project utterly impracticable--detection absolutely certain--the reproach, to men of character, severe and inevitable--the legal punishment not less so; and all those consequences notorious to men of the meanest and most uncultivated understandings. Gentlemen, the mind of man cannot avoid collecting and accumulating these absurdities; but they are too important to be thus run over. They must be viewed separately, to have their proper effect. First, then, let us search for a motive strong enough to impel honourable men to encounter such desperate difficulties, in the pursuit of a dishonourable, useless...

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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. 1870. Excerpt: ... tary fortune in Kent, and who could not but know that his person was as well known to every man in Maidstone as St Paul's Chur...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.53 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217875572

ISBN - 13:9780217875578

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