A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis: Containing a Detail of the Various Crimes and Misdemeanors by which Public and Private Property and Security Are, at Present, Injured and Endangered, and Suggesting Remedies for Their Prevention

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J. Mawman, 1806 - Crime - 655 pages
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Page 339 - Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
Page 72 - The death of a criminal is a terrible but momentary spectacle, and therefore a less efficacious method of deterring others than the continued example of a man deprived of his liberty, condemned, as a beast of burden, to repair, by his labour, the injury he has done to society...
Page 45 - ... the latter an affray in the heat of blood or passion ; both of them of pretty much the same import : but the former is in common speech too often erroneously applied to any manner of homicide by misadventure ; whereas it appears by the statute 24 Hen. VIII. c.5. and our ancient books ', that it is properly applied to such killing as happens in self-defence upon a sudden rencounter m.
Page 6 - So dreadful a list, instead of diminishing, increases the number of offenders. The injured, through compassion, will often forbear to prosecute: juries, through compassion, will sometimes forget their oaths, and either acquit the guilty or mitigate the nature of the offence : and judges, through compassion, will respite one half of the convicts, and recommend them to the royal mercy.
Page 585 - ... legislative powers, which are so much complained of, and how much soever themselves may desire the reformation, they will not, they dare not attempt it. The legislatures of every state in the union come together once or twice in a year, with this as one of the principal objects of their convening ; and when the evil is so great as to cry aloud for a remedy, there is no doubt that an adequate one may be applied. Let us have a care, however, lest we undermine and make the whole venerable fabric...
Page 230 - ... the whole of the casks •were removed, when he perceived a great quantity of oil leaked out, which the lightermen had the effrontery to insist was their perquisite. The proprietor then ordered casks to be brought, and filled no less than nine of them with the oil that had thus leaked out. He next ordered the ceiling of the lighter to be pulled up, and found between her timbers, as much as filled five casks more; and thus, but for his own attendance, fourteen casks.
Page 126 - ... board of police, under whose control they should be placed, while they enter at the same time into a recognizance in a certain sum, with one surety for good behaviour ; by which the honest part would be retained, to the exclusion of the fraudulent. Also sharpers known by the name of duffers, who go about from house to house, and attend public houses, inns, and fairs, pretending to sell smuggled goods, such as India handkerchiefs, waistcoat patterns, muslins, &c. By offering their goods for sale,...
Page 527 - The gentleman, who of course was awake, perceived one of them to be his own servant. — They rifled his portmanteau undisturbed, and settled the plan of putting him to death.
Page 528 - A very notorious offender, who was a subject of the Emperor, and who committed many atrocious acts of violence and depredation at Vienna, was traced to Paris by the Police established by His Majesty, who ordered his Ambassador at the Court of France to demand that this delinquent should be delivered up to Public Justice.
Page 38 - King, . . . and until the end of the next session of parliament after a demise of the crown, shall, within the realm or without, compass, imagine, invent, devise, or intend death or destruction, or any bodily harm tending to death or destruction, maim or wounding, imprisonment or restraint, of the person of the same our sovereign lord the King...

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