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.
cried the latter, "I should say that I do pledge myself to it
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.
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.
Lady,'' said Cedric, ``this beseems not; were further pledge necessary, I myself, offended, and justly offended, as I am, would yet gage my honour for the honour of Ivanhoe.
Madam," said the Superb High Chairman, "we have no objection to visitors if they will pledge themselves not to publish anything they hear.
Well, let us pledge the ring, but upon one condition.
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.