I give you my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at the Assizes."
"It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I should wish to spare Alice the shock.
You are yourself aware that you will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is condemned I shall be forced to use it.
James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and submitted to the defending counsel.
I'll pretend I'm come to look on at the assizes
; he can't object to that.
"I had speedy proofs that the excellent abbe was engaged in my behalf, for the rigors of my imprisonment were alleviated by many trifling though acceptable indulgences, and I was told that my trial was to be postponed to the assizes
following those now being held.
I should say that was worth full twenty pound at the next assizes
, without the honesty, sir.'
A visit to Reading or Abingdon twice a year, at assizes
or quarter sessions, which the Squire made on his horse with a pair of saddle-bags containing his wardrobe, a stay of a day or two at some country neighbour's, or an expedition to a county ball or the yeomanry review, made up the sum of the Brown locomotion in most years.
1685: Judge Jeffreys began sentencing people to death at what became known as the Bloody Assize
. 1883: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French designer, born.
The term in office of the current Assize
court ends on September 9 but the current three members of the court will continue to handle their ongoing cases, CNA reported.
1685: Judge Jeffreys began sentencing people to death in the wake of a failed rebellion against James II, at what became known as the Bloody Assize
: the rebellion's leader, the Duke of Monmouth, had already been executed following defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor.