Legal Lore; Curiosities of Law and Lawyers

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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. 1897 Excerpt: ...Spigot was made of sterner stuff. In the "Annals of Newgate" is a description of his sufferings:--" The chaplain found him lying in the vault upon the bare ground with 350 pounds weight upon his breast, and then prayed by him, and at several times asked him why he would hazard his soul by such obstinate kind...
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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. 1897 Excerpt: ...Spigot was made of sterner stuff. In the "Annals of Newgate" is a description of his sufferings:--" The chaplain found him lying in the vault upon the bare ground with 350 pounds weight upon his breast, and then prayed by him, and at several times asked him why he would hazard his soul by such obstinate kind of self-murder. But all the answer that he made was--'Pray for me, pray for me!' He sometimes lay silent under the pressure, as if insensible to pain, and then again would fetch his breath very quick and short. Several times he complained that they had laid a cruel weight upon his face, though it was covered with nothing but a thin cloth, which was afterwards removed and laid more light and hollow; yet he still complained of the prodigious weight upon his face, which might be caused by the blood being forced up thither, and pressing the veins as violently as if the force had been externally upon his face. When he had remained for half-an-hour under this load, and 50 pounds weight more laid on, being in all 400 pounds, he told those who attended him he would plead. The weights were at once taken off, the cords cut asunder; he was raised by two men, some brandy was put into his mouth to revive him, and he was carried to take his trial." In 1735, a man, who pretended to be dumb at the Sussex Assizes, was sent to Horsham Gaol to be pressed to death unless he would plead. He endured in agony a weight of 350 pounds, and then the executioner, who weighed over 16 stones, laid himself upon the board upon which the weights were placed, and killed the wretched man instantly. trials of Hmmals. By Thomas Frost. NE of the most singular features of the--J jurisprudence of the middle ages, and one which was retained in the French code down to nearly...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781154761320
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    fascinating

    An interesting collection of legal curiosities, very entertaining.

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