The Trial of Eugene Aram: For the Murder of Daniel Clark of Knaresborough : who was Convicted at York Assizes, August 5th, 1759

J.D. Hannam, 1878 - 48 páginas

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Página 30 - Now, my Lord, having endeavoured to show that the whole of this process is altogether repugnant to every part of my life; — that it is inconsistent with my condition of health about that time; — that no rational inference can be drawn that a person is dead, who suddenly...
Página 44 - Then down I cast me on my face, And first began to weep, For I knew my secret then was one That earth refused to keep: Or land or sea, though he should be Ten thousand fathoms deep. "So wills the fierce avenging Sprite, Till blood for blood atones! Ay, though he's buried in a cave, And trodden down with stones, And years have rotted off his flesh,— The world shall see his bones!
Página 23 - 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...
Página 40 - What am I better than my fathers ? To die is natural and necessary. Perfectly sensible of this, I fear no more to die than I did to be born ; but the manner of it is something which should, in my opinion, be decent and manly.
Página 27 - 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 pits to be filled up again, commendably unwilling to disturb the dead.
Página 22 - I shall be able to speak at all. " I have heard, my lord, the indictment read, wherein I find myself charged with the highest crime, with an enormity I am altogether incapable of ; a fact, to the commission of which there goes far more insensibility of heart, more profligacy of morals, than ever fell to my lot...
Página 44 - For I was stooping once again Under the horrid thing. "With breathless speed, like a soul in chase, I took him up and ran;— There was no time to dig a grave Before the day began: In a lonesome wood, with heaps of leaves, I hid the murdered man! "And all that day I read in school, But my thought was other where...
Página 22 - I labour, not with guilt, my lord, but with perplexity. For, having never seen a court but this, — being wholly unacquainted with law, the customs of the bar, and all judiciary proceedings...
Página 24 - Besides, it must needs occur to every one, that an action of this atrocious nature is never heard of but when its springs are laid open, it appears that it was to support some indolence, or supply some luxury; to satisfy some avarice, or oblige some malice; to prevent some real, or some imaginary want: yet I lay not under the influence of any one of these. Surely, my lord, I may, consistent with both truth and modesty, affirm thus much; and none who have any veracity, and knew me, will ever question...
Página 25 - ... being not only places of religious retirement, but of burial too : and it has scarce or never been heard of, but that every cell now known contains or contained these relics of humanity, some mutilated and some entire.

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