A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, with Notes and Other Illustrations, Volume 33
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1826 - Trials
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... it is enacted, “That any engagement or obligation whatsoever, in the nature of
an oath, purporting or intending to bind the person taking the same to commit any
treason or murder, or any felony punishable by law with death, shall be deemed ...
Which oath or obligation did thus purport or intend to bind the persons taking the
same to commit treason, by effecting by physical force the subversion of the
established government, laws, and constitution of this kingdom. And, more ...
... lessen the obligation of an oath, when thus applied to frivolous or improper
subjects, or on frivolous and improper occasions. But, my lords, at the same time,
it is not in itself an illegal thingt it is prohibited by no law; and I understand, and
But if that oath did not in fact impose the obligation, it could not warrant a
conviction under this statute. It might be an overt act of treason, and all the
persons present, he who administered the oath, he who took the oath, and the
This I shall postpone for after-consideration, proceeding, in the mean time, to
consider the oath which was administered, which is said to purport an obligation
on the taker to commit treason. The oath is in these words:—“In awful resence of
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