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BISHOP BURNET relates a curious circumstance respecting the origin of
that important statute, the Habeas Corpus Act. It was carried, says
he, by an odd artifice in the House of Lords. Lord Grey and Lord Norris
were named to be the tellers. Lord Norris was not at all times attentive
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