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Article 1, footnote 62

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Chapter 2, footnote 23


Andrew Downer, was being detained in prison for a debt of less than 10 pounds, in violation of an Act of Parliament, and requesting no more than that “Your Worships would put the Act of Parliament in force by releasing and setting the said Andrew Downer at liberty, that his Majesty’s Service may not suffer thereby.


Conceptually, the court was presumably trying to (1) liberate Downer and stay the action below (supersedeas) and (2) end that action permanently (prohibition).

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