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Scots Magazine (Newspaper) - October 1, 1744, London, Middlesex 445 The Scots I744V ROCEEDINGS of the Political continued from tfrjl debate on aclaufe intbe AWARDS theend of laft feffionof a bill was brought in and paffed by the intitled An aff to make it high ifm to bold witb the font hprctenderio bit This I being lent up to the a claufe s there for attainting them of b in cafe they or at ft to land in or any of the mans thereunto belonging which claufe s agreed to by their Lordftiips without a At the fame time another life was for fufpending the opera it and tffeS of a claufe in the aS of the par of the late for improving union of the two relating to forfeitures for high until after dtceafe of the fans of the ns claufe met with great oppofition in houfe of Lords and in the houfe of immons it was violently oppcfed even thofe very Gentlemen who had firft ought in the bill for which reafon the eftion was fully debated in the Political for two diftindl and in two di fpeeches in the firft ys debate were in fubftance as in the daraSer of the Lord My JAving been fo with regard to 1 the claufe I have juft as to eet with your Lordfhips it icouragesme to offer you which think equally neceffary to be added to is bill before I cffer this other I muft explain how our laws Hand prefent with regard to becaufe om thence the neceffity of the claufe I D to offer will manifeftly By the laws of this country many I ever fince we had a ny written and eftablifhed the pa nifhment of high treafon was a forfei ture of and goods even the family was in a manner extinguifhed the blood being the children of the traitor could inherit nothing from their nor be deemed fo much as unlefs reftored in Thefe fevere panilhments were of old thought to prevent the peace of the fucietys being or our governments being by the ambition or refenttnent of our great Barons when property came to be more generally and efpecially af ter our military tenures were we became much left expofed to thefe dangers and therefore it became unne ceffary to continue thefe feverei I may hereditary I becaufe the innocent fon in foroe be faid to inherit the pu nifhment of the guilty during the reignspf the the government was in fuch dan ger from the republican fpirit that fpread itfelf over the whole kingdom iav the former and duting the ufurpa tion it was not thought proper to mitigate the punifhment of this crime during the reign of our government was fo often threa andJb much in danger of being di fturbed by the Jacobite fpirit then prevail ing in feveral parts of the thaj no mitigation could be then E ven during the firft five or fix years of as our neighbouring kingdom of Scotland had not adopted the fettJement made and feemed to have an eye towards St it was not proper to introduce any alteration in this refpeft the 7th year of that princefss the unionof the two kingdoms and the Protcftant fucccffion r
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