Edited by Don C. Seitz.
ust first plead to the Indictment, before you can have a Copy of it.
PEN. I am unacquainted with the Formality of the Law, and therefore, before I shall answer directly, I request two Things of the Court. First, that no Advantage may be taken against me, nor I deprived of any Benefit, which I might otherwise have received. Secondly, that you will promise me a fair hearing, and liberty of making my Defence.
COURT. No Advantage shall be taken against you; you shall have Liberty; you shall be heard.
PEN. Then I plead Not guilty in Manner and Form.
CLERK. What sayest thou, William Mead, art thou Guilty in Manner and Form, as thou standest indicted, or Not guilty?
MEAD. I shall desire the same Liberty as is promised William Penn.
COURT. You shall have it.
MEAD. Then I plead Not guilty in Manner and Form.
The Court adjourn'd until the Afternoon.
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CRYER. O Yes, &c.
CLER. Bring William Penn and William Mead