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(47) Defoe reports in a letter to Harley (28 September 1704) that he had "a smart rencounter" with Toke, possibly hinting at a physical confrontation.
In pre-wire days, a correspondent might have written something like this: In a rarely granted rencounter last evening with His Majesty's Lord Chancellor, that most gracious Lord Bilgewater, he condescended to acquaint me, and thus the readership of this journal, of some of the most important affairs occupying the attention of Government ...
Two criteria should govern the resolution of potential disputes, (117) One was to favor textually warranted modes of construction that would "obviate the dilemma of a Judicial rencounter or a mutual paralysis"; that is, to prefer interpretations that would avoid posing the problem in starkly binary, confrontational terms.

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