Memoirs of the celebrated Eugene Aram: who was executed for the murder of Daniel Clark in 1759 : with some account of his family and other particulars

Simpkin, Marshall, 1838 - 62 páginas

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Página 26 - I humbly conceive my notice of this, especially at this time, will not be thought impertinent or unreasonable, but at least deserving some attention: because, my lord, that any person, after a temperate use of life, a series of thinking and acting regularly, and without one single deviation from sobriety, should plunge into the very depth of profligacy precipitately and at once, is altogether improbable and unprecedented, and absolutely inconsistent with the course of things. Mankind is never corrupted...
Página 46 - I solicitously recommend myself to that eternal and almighty Being, the God of nature, if I have done amiss. But perhaps I have not, and I hope this thing will never be imputed to me. Though I am now stained by malevolence and suffer by prejudice, I hope to rise fair and unblemished.
Página 31 - ... about the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. I entreat your lordship, suffer not the violences, the depredations, and the iniquities of those times to be imputed to this. " Moreover, what gentleman here is ignorant that Knaresborough had a castle ; which, though now run to ruin, was once considerable both for its strength and garrison ? All know it was vigorously besieged by the arms of the parliament : at which siege, in sallies, conflicts...
Página 27 - Again, my lord, a suspicion of this kind, which nothing but malevolence could entertain, and ignorance propagate, is violently opposed by my very situation at that time, with respect to health ; for, but a little space before, I had been confined to my bed, and suffered under a very long and severe disorder, and was not able, for half a year together, so much as to walk. The distemper...
Página 31 - Reformation, the ravages of those times affected both the living and the dead. In search after imaginary treasures, coffins were broken up, graves and vaults dug open, monu-ments ransacked and shrines demolished; and it ceased about the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Página 28 - Lordship, and many in this court, better than to me ; but it seems necessary to my case that others, who have not at all perhaps adverted to things of this nature, and may have concern in my trial, should be made acquainted with it. Suffer me then, my Lord, to produce a few of many evidences that...
Página 29 - About the same time, and in another field, almost close to this borough, was discovered also, in searching for gravel, another human skeleton; but the piety of the same worthy gentleman ordered both...
Página 46 - I think, though contrary to the common way of thinking, I wrong no man by this, and hope it is not offensive to that eternal Being that formed me and the world : and as by this I injure no man, no man can be reasonably offended.
Página 31 - ... unknown, whose bones futurity shall discover. " I hope, with all imaginable submission, that what has been said will not be thought impertinent to this indictment; and that it will be far from the wisdom, the learning, and the integrity of this place, to impute to the living what zeal in its fury may have done — what nature may have taken off, and piety interred— or what war alone may have destroyed, alone deposited.
Página 26 - I concerted no schemes of fraud, projected no violence, injured no man's person or property. My days were honestly laborious, my nights intensely studious ; and I humbly conceive my notice of this, especially at this time...

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