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Gentlemen with the very limited means of
of knowledge which I possess on the subject it
would not be expected, neither would it be proper,
that I should attempt with any minuteness of
description to enter into the history of that
transaction, which has formed the occasion of
our being convened together at the present time.
Indeed it is so desirable that you should approach
the performance of your duty, without any
prepossession in your minds as to the facts
which may proved before you, that I shall
purposely abstain from saying more than
that it is matters of public notoriety, that
disturbances have recently taken place within
this County, of such description, and character,
and of such magnitude, and extent, as to render
it highly probable that amongst other charges,
Indictments for High Treason will be preferred
against some of the parties who are supposed
to have taken a share in those proceedings
It will therefore be my more immediate duty
on the present occasion, to call your attention
to the charges, which will in all probability
be brought under your investigation, founded
on this transaction; to expound to you, so
far as I am able, the law which defines and
applies itself to those several
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