The trial of William Penn and William Mead at the Old Bailey, 1670

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Page 21 - Penn: I design no affront to the court, but to be heard in my just plea; and I must plainly tell you, that if you...
Page 19 - We confess ourselves to be so far from recanting, or declining to vindicate the assembling of ourselves to preach, pray, or worship the eternal, holy, just God! that we declare to all the world, that we do believe it to be our indispensable duty to meet incessantly upon so good an account; nor shall all the powers upon. earth be able to divert us from reverencing and adoring our God who made us.
Page 25 - Jury, because you think there is some Service for you. I tell you, you deserve to be indicted more than any Man that hath been brought to the Bar this Day.
Page 51 - Charter of Liberties and the Charter of the Forest, which were made by common assent of all the realm in the time of King Henry our father, shall be kept in every point without breach.
Page 20 - I say it is my place to speak to matter of law. I am arraigned a prisoner ; my liberty, which is next to life itself, is now concerned. You are many mouths and ears against me; and if I must not be allowed to make the best of my case, it is hard. I say again, unless you shew me, and the people, the law you ground your indictment upon, I shall take it for granted your proceedings are merely arbitrary.
Page 51 - Charters shall be sent under our seal as well to our justices of the forest as to others, and to all sheriffs of shires, and to all our other officers, and to all our cities throughout the realm, together with our writs in...
Page 18 - What say you, Mr. Mead, were you there? MEAD. It is a Maxim in your own Law, Nemo tenetur accusare seipsum, which if it be not true Latin, I am sure it is true English, That no Man is bound to accuse himself: And why dost thou offer to ensnare me with such a Question?
Page 14 - Street aforesaid, then, and there, along time did remain and continue, in contempt of the said Lord the King, and of his Law, to the great disturbance of his peace...
Page 20 - It is too general and imperfect an answer, to say it is the common law, unless we know where and what it is. For where there is no law, there is no transgression, and that law which is not in being, is so far from being common, that it is no law at all.
Page 48 - And for this our gift and grant of these liberties and of other contained in our charter of liberties of our forest, the archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, knights, freeholders, and other our subjects, have given unto us the fifteenth part of all their moveables.

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