American Criminal Trials: Bathsheba Spooner and others. Colonel Henley. Major André. Joshua H. Smith. The Rhode Island judges. John Hauer and others. Appendix: Trial of Mrs. Spooner and others. Major André. Notes

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Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1844

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Página 299 - That the respective colonies are entitled to the common law of England, and more especially to the great and inestimable privilege of being tried by their peers of the vicinage, according to the course of that law.
Página 329 - Were it joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control; for the judge would be then the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with violence and oppression.
Página 175 - Buoyed above the terror of death by the consciousness of a life devoted to honorable pursuits, and stained with no action that can give me remorse, I trust that the request I make to your Excellency at this serious period, and which is to soften my last moments, will not be rejected.
Página 299 - That the inhabitants of the English colonies in North America, by the immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution, and the several charters or compacts, have the following RIGHTS.
Página 173 - and though I pretend not to play the hero, or to be indifferent about life, yet I am reconciled to whatever may happen, conscious that misfortune, not guilt, has brought it upon me.
Página 376 - EF then and there feloniously, wilfully and of his malice aforethought, did strike and...
Página 174 - I have a mother and three sisters, to whom the value of my commission would be an object, as the loss of Grenada has much affected their income. It is needless to be more explicit on this subject ; I am persuaded of your Excellency's goodness. " I receive the greatest attention from his Excellency General Washington, and from every person under whose charge 1 happen to be placed.
Página 329 - There would be an end of everything, were the same man, or the same body, whether of the nobles or of the people, to exercise those three powers, — that of enacting laws, that of executing the public resolutions, and that of trying the suits of individuals.
Página 299 - ... highly derogatory of the rights of British subjects, as thereby the inestimable privilege of being tried by a jury from the vicinage, as well as the liberty of summoning and producing witnesses on such trial, will be taken away from the party accused.
Página 159 - I have been taken prisoner by the Americans, and stripped of everything except the picture of Honora, which I concealed in my mouth. Preserving that, I yet think myself fortunate.

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