State Trials, Political And Social (volume 1)

Paperback | February 4, 2012

bySir Harry Lushington Stephen

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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... Dear Gerald,--As you suggested the idea of this book to me, and as I know that whether it succeeds or fails I can count confidently on your sympathy, I will throw into the form of a letter to you the few remarks which I might otherwise put into a preface. For as I have confessions to make which amount almost to an apology, I had rather address them to one who is pledged to express the most favourable possible view of my literary efforts, such as they are, than to that hypothetical reader, of whose tastes I feel most shamefully ignorant, though I am ready to assume everything in his favour. Far abler writers than I have frequently dilated on the charms attending a study of the reports of State Trials, as they are best known to the world; namely, in one-and-twenty stately volumes compiled by the industrious Howells, father and son, and published, a year after the battle of Waterloo, by the combined efforts of eleven firms, the list of whose names begins with Longman and ends with Hansard. I myself long ago discovered the charm of this anthology, and under the spell of long since defunct reporters (the failures probably of twenty generations of lawyers) have been present in the imagination at the Assizes, the Sessions, and the Old Baileys of some two hundred years. But it is possible that there may be quite intelligent and meritorious persons who are impatient of a work in a score of volumes; who are not really interested in the obsolete technicalities of the criminal law; who do not care to have one part of any story repeated more than two or three times; and who like to have their facts sifted out from an encompassing mass of unintelligible arguments. If any such there are, who are nevertheless attracted by the side-lights on the opinions and methods of th...

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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... Dear Gerald,--As you suggested the idea of this book to me, and as I know that whether it succeeds or fails I can count confid...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217059635

ISBN - 13:9780217059633

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