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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted.
There were many reasons the original liberal republicans felt foreign policy should be for leaders and specialists: from anxiety about warlike mass opinion; to the worry that typical voters would be ignorant of issues beyond their daily sphere of experience; to the 18th-century presumption that great states require powerful diplomats to speak for them; to simple fear that affairs between nations would become hopelessly cumbersome if, in effect, everybody had to be consulted.