. 12 Bacon, Abridgment
313, tit. Evidence, L. Quotation marks supplied.
has omitted the preceding paragraph, which states that the defendant's confession,
whether taken according to law by a justice of the peace or magistrate, “or spoken
in private Discourse,” may be used against him. Both this passage and the sentence
quoted in the text appear in substantially similar form in 2 Hawkins, Pleas of the Crown
429, which is cited in the margin in Bacon. See notes