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ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS,

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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

LORD MANSFIELD,

CHIEF JUSTICE of

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MY LORDON

KNOW tot to whom I

could dedicate the: following papers,

with so much propriety as to your Lordship; who have upon every occasion, when the constitution has been attacked by

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designing ministers, boldly stood forth in its defence, and supported with undaunted resolution, and unequalled integrity the laws of England; who have nobly opposed every arbitrary and unconstitutional measure of government, during the course of this reign; and preserved the just rights of the pecple. You who have in your great mercy always punished the guilty, whereyou

found them, and protected the innocent: from: lawless violence, and a rïïñlitary force. You who was greatly.inftrumnerital, in eafing the pangs of: an almoft destracted father, by bringing to Justice the murderers of his Son. You who never would suffer the least delay in the execution of the law since

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your advancement to the King'sBench. You, before whom, the perjurer, and the informer never dared to appear for fear of meeting from your Lordship's known regard for truth and justice, the

punishment they deserve. You who have settled grand juries upon their antient foundation, and restored them to their original use and purity, so long, and so inuch wanting, your Lordship being convinced this is the principal guard of every man's life, liberty, and estate; for by the known laws, no subject of this realm can be brought to the bar of justice, without the cause being first enquired into by a grand jury. You who have in your great goodness and love for

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justice, explained the power and right of petty juries to judge of law; as well as fact. You who have abolished, that infamous method of filing informations in the King's Bench, and obliging many of the best subjects of this kingdom to answer at that awful tribunal; for no other crimes, but bravely daring to support the rights and privileges of Englishmen; for this noble stand against Star-chamber tyranny; your Lordship deserves the united thanks of the whole nation. You who have such a degree of resolution, as never can be brought to swerve in the least from what you think to be law and justice. You who have upon every great occasion, shewed an intrepid zeal in asserting the

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