THE BRITISH WRITER COBBETT PROPOSES LEGAL REFORMS IN THE IRISH CRIMINAL COURTS. Cobbett was a British author, reformer and farmer. He agitated for abolishing the poverty of farm workers and Catholic emancipation, even though he was not Catholic.
He wrote in 1830 Rural Rides. A partial autograph manuscript in the handwriting of William Cobbett concerning legal reforms there: to be found against any person for administering, tendering or taking such oath or engagement, to set out the words of such oath or engagement, and that it shall be sufficient to set forth therein the purport or object of such oath or engagement. And whereas, in several instances, persons who have given information against persons accused of crimes in Ireland, have been murdered before trial of person accused, in order to prevent their giving evidence, and to effect the acquittal'of the accused', be it declared and enacted That is any person who hath given or shall give information or examination upon oath against any person or persons for any offense against the laws, hath been or shall be, before the trial or trials of the person or persons respectively against whom such information or examination was given' violently put to death, or so maimed or forcibly carried away and secreted as not to be able to give evidence upon the trial of the person or persons against whom such information or examination was given; the information of such person or persons so taken on oath shall be admitted in all courts of justice in Ireland, as evidence upon trial or trials of such person or persons respectively against when such information or examination was given. The document has light staining to the right margin and is in fine condition.
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