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WHEN Maurice Margarot was tried at Edinburgh for sedition, the Lord
Justice asked him, Hae you ony counsel, mon?--No.--Do you want to
hae ony appointed?--I only want an interpreter to make me understand
what your lordships say.


CXXXIII--EASY AS LYING.

ERSKINE, examining a bumptious fellow, asked him, if he were not a
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