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Item #74250 Observations on the Duty and Power of Juries, As Established by. A Friend to the Constitution.

Observations on the Duty and Power of Juries, As Established by...

A Rare Tract Discussing Vulnerabilities in the Jury System A Friend to the Constitution. Observations on the Duty and Power of Juries, As Established by the Laws of England, Extracted from Various Authors. By a Friend to the Constitution. London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1796. vi [i.e. iv], 18, [2] pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light toning, light foxing to a few pages, faint yellow stain to top of outer edge of text block just touching inner edge in a few places, recent pencil notes to verso of final leaf. Rare. $650. * Second edition, one of three published the same year. Sometimes attributed to Benjamin Flower, a radical journalist and political writer, this tract stresses not only the importance of trial by jury, but the enormous responsibility of jurors at a time of immense pressure to convict quickly and punish severely. Beginning with a quotation from Coke and concluding with an excerpt from Blackstone, the work also discusses the duties of counsel and judges. In total, this title had five editions, three in 1796 and later editions in 1798 and 1800. All are rare. OCLC locates 1 copy of the second edition (Columbia University). The ESTC adds 1 more (at Harvard Law School). English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) N10135.

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