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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... to endeavour to obtain annual parliaments and universal suffrage, is an
obligation in itself perfectly innocent. Your lordships will not say that these
endeavours are unlawful, nor will you impute improper motives to the party in
I am speaking of the purport of the oath, and not of what might be the intention of
the parties at the time; and if that oath does not purport treason, there is an end of
the present indictment. The public prosecutor immediately adds, “Which oath or ...
Would it be sufficient in an indictment under this statute to say, that the prisoner,
at the times and places mentioned, administered the oath of allegiance, but
under cover of that oath he intended to bind the party to commit certain crimes (
existed in the minds of different conspirators;–there may have been numerous
disputes on the subject:—and therefore, from the very nature of the statutory
crime, it is impossible that any such detail as the opposite party require could be
The purport of an oath has no reference to the intention, criminal or otherwise, of
the party who administers it. The words of the oath may be innocent, and yet the
intention may be very criminal. On the other hand, the words may be very ...
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