Joel—Peter’s nephew and Abraham’s son.
Paint in the most horrid colours.—See, for instance, The Bloody Buoy and The Cannibal’s Progress, by William Cobbett.
Flogging.—Some of the militia mutinied at Ely, and were punished, the guard on the occasion being furnished by the cavalry of the German Legion. Cobbett noticed this in the most inflammatory manner, and it being war time, was indicted, tried, found guilty, and sentenced as he describes.
Monks and friars.—A time came when Cobbett thought and wrote very differently of these persons. But that was his way.
Foundal.—I do not know whether Cobbett invented this equivalent for trouvaille, ‘windfall,’ or not. His notable scheme for breaking the Bank is a good example of him in his insaner moods.
The Jury Court.—Trial by jury in civil cases was only introduced into Scotland in 1815.
Evasive answer—to the effect that each queen was the fairest woman in her own country.
Doer = ‘factor’ or agent.
Them—as if ‘Scotsmen’ had been written for ‘Scotland.’
Chosen Five and Forty—the original number of members assigned to Scotland.
Political pamphlet—’The Public Spirit of the Whigs.’
Durk, sic in original.
Cessio, sc. bonorum, whereby a debtor on giving up his property could be relieved of liabilities.
Adjudication, whereby a creditor could attach landed as well as personal property.
Lauch = ‘laugh.’