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he, who after Treason is committed, knowingly harbours or
conceals the Traitor from the punishment due to him; all
these are equally guilty, in the eye of the Law, of the Crime
of High Treason.
Gentlemen, I am not aware that any case will be
brought before you where the charge will be that of
Misprision of Treason - If such however should be
the case, it will be unnecessary to say more upon that
species of offence, than that it presupposes a Treason to
have been actually committed by others, and that the
person charged with the offence, knowing both the Traitors
and the Treason, but without either himself consenting or
being a party to the Treason, has refused or neglected to
make a full and fair disclosure of such his knowledge,
within convenient time to a Magistrate, or someone in
authority - It is sufficient to describe the offence, without
entering into any further discussion -
Gentlemen, it is very possible that Bills of Indictment
may be brought before you charging the acts of violence
committed by some of the Individuals, who formed a part
of the assembled multitude, as felony only, not Treason.
For he who shoots, or attempts to shoot, or wounds another,
is, as you well know, under certain circumstances, guilty
of felony, notwithstanding the very same act when
considered with reference to other circumstances, may
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