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v. & Hale 277. Incompetency from Crimes.

I think I reason for admitting such an one as
evidence. And my reason is the practise of the
Law — it is founded on experiment or a course experiments
f abundant & unintermitted experiments — the result
of which is uniform in [my] favour
The doubts of the reader ought indeed in all cases to be governed guided on the weight strength of the argument, not the strength of the assertion: but I here give particular warning of it. Judgments comparison of Ideas are less liable to dispute than those which turn upon experience & observation of facts different in different men — hence I am less confident here with the same internal conviction, than in what I have said concerning Suicide, Buggery, &c. Qu I may say in short, that no exception should be raised positively against to exclude evidence at all but how few are there who enter thus anxiously rigorously intimately into the motives of their assent I hazard an opinion I am sensible, apparently very
singular & paradoxical, when I venture to
suggest that even perjury itself in should
not be an conclusion objection exception against the competency
receptibility of a witness [but only
against his credibility —These are my reasons: it is upon these & these only that my opinion hangs; and the strength of the reader the one will determine the reader's form his of the rectitude of men's judgment concerning that opinion. The most abandoned perjurer is credited much oftener than he is disbelieved — where he has no Interest to biass him he is as credible as another man — this record should be read, & evidence of practising upon him if any produced. The reason does not seem convincing that because in A. the a present [small] interest once got the better of the general picture large interest of his reputation & the danger of punishment therefore B. shall committ murder with impunity. a Man who speaks has
told a lie be once, does not for that tell nothing
but lies — the most harden'd Liar that
was existed tells greatly more Truth
than he does lies — if in the negligence
and relaxation of ordinary conversation, for
the of giving surprize, and acquiring
the character of a man of extraordinary
knowledge or an amusing companion
or out of want indolence it not taking pains to keep faction
his factioned relative to standard of the truth; men alt tell
untruths without an interest for doing so
with the shame dangers and penalties of prevarication
before his Eyes

that be said that such an one is not fit in general to be believed
the Jury — the Jury will be apt enough of themselves to
take that under consideration

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