The tragedy of life: records of remarkable phases of lunacy, Volume 1

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1861

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Page 248 - In his last illness, a friend going to visit him found him in tears, and asking him the reason of it, he answered, " How should I not weep? and who has more reason to weep than I? Would to God that for every question decided by me according to my own opinion I had received so many stripes! then would my accounts be easier. Would to God I had never given any decision of my own...
Page 274 - I say this upon the authority of the first sages in this country, and upon the authority of the established law in all times, which law has never been questioned, that although a man be incapable of conducting his own affairs, he may still be answerable for his criminal acts, if he possess a mind capable of distinguishing right from wrong.
Page 120 - There is no head above the head of a serpent; and there is no wrath above the wrath of an enemy.
Page 274 - The true test of irresponsibility " says Forbes Winslow, " should be, not whether the party accused is aware of the criminality of his actions, but whether he has lost all power of control over his actions." " Make the man's power of controlling his actions the test," says Clouston. " With that view every medical man will agree." Hence, it would appear, if medical science is correct, that the real question of fact for the jury to determine in criminal trials where insanity is alleged, is: Did the...
Page 304 - An inquest was held, and a verdict returned of "died by the visitation of God.
Page 275 - One large employer of labor assured me that never in the whole course of his life had he seen...
Page 61 - Never mind now," he replied ; " but order me medicine ; tell me what I am to do, and how I am to rule myself.
Page 55 - Who by the road-side fell and perished, Wearied with the march of life.
Page 202 - I suppose I looked as if I thought so, for he added hastily, — " We Indians, you know, are a little arbitrary in our ideas, and somewhat disposed to be fatalists in theory.

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