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TRUST, POWER, AND DUTY
EXPLAINED ACCORDING TO THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE
AND THE DECLARATIONS OF THE SAME MADE IN PARLIAMENT BY MANY STATUTES.
BY JOHN LORD SOMERS.
LORD CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND IN THE REIGN OF WILLIAM III.
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED,
AS NOW coxSTRUCTED;
“ Thus has the course of Justice wheeled about." --SAAKSPEAKE.
“ This is a species of knowledge most absolutely necessary for every Gentleman in the
AND SOLD BY ALL POOKSELLERS.
HENRY COOPER, E
BARISTER AT LAW,
THESE PAGES ARE INSCRIBED
AS A MARK OF
WHICH HE ASSERTED,
ON TWO RECENT OCCASIONS,
WHEN HE CONTRIBUTED
BY SUCCESSFULLY COMBATING DOCTRINES
wuch, IF ONCE ESTABLISHED, WOULD PLANT DISCRETION ON THE RUINS
WOULD RENDER ACCUSATION
Liverpool, 10th August, 1821.
in 1. but wined by the cof late yo as the
The Treatise, of which a reprint is now of fered to public attention, was first issued from the press in the year 1681, anonymously; it was afterwards republished with the author's name; and has since been incorporated in the valuable collection of the Somers Tracts.
A new edition is prepared with a view of bringing under the consideration of reflecting men in our own day, a subject which is second in importance only to the representative system ; but which, notwithstanding the general interest excited by the course of events towards political concerns, has of late years been too much disregarded. In truth, “ the trust, power, and duty of grand juries” is very imperfectly understood as “ the security of En--, glishmen's lives,” and the manner in which they are now constituted will be found, on examination, to differ as essentially from " the fundamentals of the English government," as, in the genuine spirit of the system, it ought to conform to them. To compare the existing practiee with original principles, cannot, therefore, be an useless undertaking; more especially as those priņciples are deve