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Quorum

.—a bench of Justices; who assemble at some hall, or some inn, to do justice; and there pass orders to convey a man, his wife, and twelve children, two hundred miles off, because he was not born, or served apprenticeship, in this town, although he is esteemed the best workman, and bears the best of characters, under the apprehension that he or his family may become chareable to the parish!

O Man! are these laws just?

Or to sentence a man to transportation, or fine, or, from inability of payment, to imprisonment, for having knocked down a hare which was devouring hiis cabbages in his garden; or fining a man ten pounds, for not being worth a hundred a year, and for carrying a gun without a licence!

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Entry taken from A Political Dictionary, by Charles Pigott, 1795.

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Quorum