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Penal statutes must be construed strictly. 1 B. Com. 87,

Sheriff. 1 Bl. Com. 339,

For it is a principle of universal law, that the natural

born subject to one prince, cannot, by any act of his

own, no, not by swearing allegiance to another, put

off or discharge his natural allegiance to the former,

&c. &c. 1 Bl. Com. 369,

The case of Clark, sentenced as a spy, remarked upon,

Extract of two notes of Mr. Duponceau, under the head

of allegiance,

These are the principal distinctions between aliens, deni-

zens, and natives; distinctions which it hath been fre-

quently endeavoured, since the commencement of this

century, to lay almost totally aside by one general na-

turalization act, for all foreign protestants.

Com. 374,

This venerable body of men, being separate and set apart

from the rest of the people, in order to attend more

closely to the service of Almighty God, have there-

upon large privileges allowed them by our municipal

laws. 1 Bl. Com. 376,

There are two kinds of divorce, the one total, the other

partial. 1 Bl. Com. 440,

The constitution of feuds had its origin from the military

policy of the Northern or Celtic nations. It was brought

by them from their own countries, &c. 2 Bl. Com. 44,

Escheat. 2 Bl. Com. 72,

Hither might have been referred the advantages which

used to arise to the king from the profits of his mili-

tary tenures, to which most lands in the kingdom

were subject, until the statute 12 Car. 2. c. 24,

which, in a great measure, abolished them all. 2 Bl.

Com. 286,

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