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tions and executions , 976 , 1 $ ? pounds . '* The prisoners were all detained for debt , except a man .
' * committed Io 40 , upon an appeal of niurtheiV and a woman , u committed 1646 for felony and murther . " Annexed to the * hist
is the following paper , entitled The Propositions , with some Ad * d it ions . " 1 . The prisoners were desired to shew their reasons why a law should not be made , to sequester their estates into the hands of
commissioners nominated by their creditors as in the statute of bankrupt , to be let or sold , that their debts may be paid , and the remainder returned to them . " 2 . To shew their reasons , why a law should not also be made ,
that if any of the prisoners have made over their estates , or any part thereof , in trust , or otherwise , to any person , so as to defraud their creditors , and if such person , or persons , shall not vo . luntarily make discovery thereof , within a convenient time to be
appointed , that then they shall forfeit of their own estates the value of what is so concealed , and such fraudulent acts made void . " . Why the creditors of such as are poor , and have not to pay
their debts , their creditors having the benefit of commissioners , if they will , to examine their debtors upon oath , and such other witnesses as are necessary for the discovering their estates , paying as
far as it will extend , why such persons should not be released , so as to beset to labour , ( if able ) for bread for themselves or families ; and if possible to pay their just debts . That the
commonwealth creditor and debtor may lesse suffer , and the Lord not
S 0 « Book-Worm . No . VII .
Book-Worm . No . VIT . Sir , June 30 , 1813 . I lately invited you , ( p . 357 ) to accompany me oil a visit to a tomb of the royal dead . I now beg leave to introduce you to a tomb of the living , as prisons have been too justly described . An account of a pamphlet which
came into my possession in the same miscellaneous collection with the Messenger Jrom the dead , will not unsuitably follow those considerations on our municipal code , and the just and reasonable adaptation of punishment to
crime which , in the last and present volume , have well occupied many of your pages . This pamphlet has the following title : 4 * A List of all the
Prisoners in the Upper Bench Prison , remaining in custody the 3 rd of May , 1653 , delivered in by Sir John Lent hall to the Committee appointed by the Councell of State , for examining of the State of the said Prison , with the Times of their first Commitment , and the Causes of their Detention . And also the Substance of the Propositions made by the
Committee to the Prisoners , with their Answer thereunto . Published for information of all such as are concerned herein * By the Appointment of the Committee , CoL Thomas Pride , CoL Tomlinsony Col . Cooper , Mr . John Fountaine ^ Mr . Richard Wollaston ^ Mr . Margets , Judge Advocate .
London . Printed for Livewell Chapman , and are to be sold at his shop at the Crown in Pope ' s Head Alley , pp . 25 . 1653 . " The total number of the prisoners is stated ( p . 23 ) as 393 , " and the total sum of their ac-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 502, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/14/