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O F

TEMPORARY REGULATIONS

(UNTIL BETTER SHALL BE PROPOSED)
FOR THE

INTENDED SETTLEMENT

ON THE

GRAIN COAST OF AFRICA,

.NEAR SIERRA LEON J.

THE SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:
PRINTED BY H. BALDWIN, FLEET-STREET.

M DCC LXXXVI.

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A S HORT S K E T G H

OF

TEMPORARY REGULATIONS, fcfo

FRANKPLEDGE*

TH E most certain and effectual mode of securing peace, right, and mutual protection, for any community, is the old English system of mutual Frankpledge, ov free-suretyship, given by all the householders, for themselves and each other, in exact numerical divisions of tens and hundreds; which, in the English lawbooks is called " Maxima securitas"—i *'the greatest security" though it is now unhappily neglected, and consequently crimes abound and increase; so that, B notwithnotwithstanding the horrible increase also of bloody laws to intimidate offenders, yet there is no effectual security {torn violence and robbery, either in our streets or roads, or even in our chambers; since the houses of the rich and great, nay of the first officers of the state, are not exempted from the nocturnal intrusion of housebreakers, insomuch that even the Lord Chancellor and Honourable Speaker of the House of Commons have lately experienceed the common danger, and the deplorable want of the antient "Maxima securitas." That fundamental system of Englijh polity is so little known among us at present, that many "well-meaning persons are induced, by their fears, to wish for security, on a "much less eligible plan, formed on the model of the arbitrary system of government in France, commonly called police, the introduction of which would be an litter perversion of the first principles' of I legal

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