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and thus it cometh to pass that many become thieves and vagrant beggars through their master's niggardliness that would not do his duty in bestowing some proportionable and competent relief upon them.
Zachary Baggs, Treasurer of the said Theater, shall have 20 Guineas Reward, or proportionable for any Act or Acts thereof.
In Parker v The Queen, Dixon CJ considered the history of the defence of provocation through an examination of classic legal texts, citing East's Pleas of the Crown as authority for the law presuming a provocation might 'heat the blood to a proportionable degree of resentment, and keep it boiling to the moment of the fact: so that the party may rather be considered as having acted under a temporary suspension of reason, than from any deliberate malicious motive'.