Pledges


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PLEDGES, pleading. It was anciently necessary to find pledges or sureties to prosecute a suit, and the names of the pledges were added at the foot of the declaration; but in the course of time it became unnecessary to find such pledges because the plaintiff was no longer liable to be amerced, pro falsa clamora, and the pledges were merely nominal persons, and now John Doe and Richard Roe are the universal pledges; but they may be omitted altogether; 1 Tidd's. Pr. 455; Arch. Civ. Pl. 171; or inserted at any time before judgment. 4 John. 190.

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solemnly pledges herself to send back the complete series of her Extracts to Mr.
here, I brought you the pledge I promised the other day .
The old woman glanced for a moment at the pledge, but at once stared in the eyes of her uninvited visitor.
"Morbleu!" cried the latter, "I should say that I do pledge myself to it!
"The pledge can't be fulfilled," he said, with impetuous insistence.
To our sister republics south of our border: we offer a special pledge. .
our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support.
The Prior of Jorvaulx crossed himself and repeated a pater noster, in which all devoutly joined, excepting the Jew, the Mahomedans, and the Templar; the latter of whom, without vailing his bonnet, or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic, took from his neck a gold chain, which he flung on the board, saying ``Let Prior Aymer hold my pledge and that of this nameless vagrant, in token that when the Knight of Ivanhoe comes within the four seas of Britain, he underlies the challenge of Brian de Bois-Guilbert, which, if he answer not, I will proclaim him as a coward on the walls of every Temple Court in Europe.''
Could my weak warrant add security to the inestimable pledge of this holy pilgrim, I would pledge name and fame that Ivanhoe gives this proud knight the meeting he desires.''
"Pledge it, then; you can borrow at least a thousand crowns on it.
I desire with my whole soul to do what will comfort you; but I cannot give any pledge suddenly-- still less a pledge to do I know not what."
This condition fulfilled, you will pledge me the honour of a Christian gentleman that the quarrel is for ever at an end on your side.