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The Evening before the Tryal, Copies of the preceding Paper were conveyed to every Person of the Grand-Jury; who, moved by the Reasons contained in the said Paper, would not find the Bill; whereupon, the Chief Justice Whitshed dissolved the Jury in a Rage: After which, the following Extract was published, and dispersed about the Town, to shew the Illegality of the said Whitshed's Proceeding

An Extract out of a Book, Entituled, An
exact Collection of the Debates of the
House of Commons, held at West-
minster, October 21, 1680. Pag. 150.

RESOLUTIONS of the House of Commons in England, Nov. the 13th 1680.

S Everal Persons being examined about the Dismissing a Grand Jury in Middlesex; the House came to the following Resolutions.

R esolved, That the Discharging of a Grand Jury, by any Judge, before the End of the Term, Assizes, or Sessions, while Matters are under their Consideration, and not presented, is Arbitrary, Illegal, Destructive to publick Justice, a manifest Violation of his Oath, and is a Means to Subvert the Fundamental Laws of this Kingdom.

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to examine the Proceedings of the Judges in Westminster-Hall, and Report the same, with their Opinion herein, to this House.

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