Thursday, January 19, 2006

I am a Portuguese

More from The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834:
Q. Do you know Mr. Talbot?

Roderie. I do not understand English.

Q. Do you know Mr. Talbot?

Roderie. If I see him I know him.

Q. What is his christian name?

Roderie. I do not know no more than Mr. Talbot; I am a Portuguese.

Q. Do you know whether Mr. Talbot is a Popish bishop or not?

Roderie. I do not know.

Council for the crown. My lord, we despair of being able to make out the charge against the defendant.

Acquitted .

I think I should try that answer some time: "I do not know; I am a Portuguese."

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