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his pen by building, by zealous practice, on the foundation that RECORDER : Why do you not pay it then? we have assisted him to lay, by means of the copy-slips and the PENN: I do. instructions that have been brought under his notice in the RECORDER: Why do you not pull off your hat then ? present series of lessons. In some future Lessons in Writing we PENN: Because I do not believe that to be any respect. will give specimens of the various styles of writing which are RECORDER : Well, the court sets forty marks apiece upon required for commercial purposes and for candidates for the your heads, as a fine for the contempt of the court. Civil Service Examinations, etc.
PENN: I desire it might be observed that we came into the court with our hats off (that is, taken off), and if they have been
put on since it was by order from the bench; and therefore not HISTORIC SKETCHES.—XIII.
we, but the bench, should be fined.
After this the prisoners, undoubtedly with much pertinacity HOW. A LONDON JURY A TRUE VERDICT GAVE, ACCORDING
and some show of disrespect to the court, refused to plead to TO THE EVIDENCE.
the indictment, which charged them with having caused a Just as there are many great men in the world who never get tumultuous assembly, until the questions they raised as to the an opportunity of asserting themselves in it, so there are many | legality of it in point of form should have been answered. The memorable events in history which are seldom if ever mentioned. Recorder and the Lord Mayor tried in vain to silence them, Some of these are important enough, not merely in a political but resorting to threats, and abuse of a very coarse description, and also in a social sense, and it is well not to suffer them to languish not succeeding, the Recorder did in effect enter a plea of “not in the cold shade of oblivion. Such an event is the subject of guilty” for them, and had them put upon their trial. the present sketch. It has been selected not only because of its Among the jury was one man, Bushell, whose character intrinsic importance, but also as showing how great privileges for conduct displeasing to the court was already well known, may be won and valuable rights established by very humb.e and to whom several unworthy remarks had been made at the
time he was sworn. Under his guidance the jury retired, and In the report books of proceedings in the law courts in 1670 | in a short time returned into court with a verdict acquitting is an account of a scene in which the principal actors were Mead, and saying that Penn was “guilty of speaking in Gracethe Recorder of London, King Charles's Attorney-General, church Street.” This verdict angered the court exceedingly. and a citizen, Bushell, member of a jury. The caso is called “Is that all ?” they asked the foreman. “That is all I have in ** Bushell's Case," and it is one of the most important possible, commission," was the reply. “You had as good say nothing." for opon it was established once and for ever the grand right of Being further pressed, and also told, “ the law of England will a juryman "a true verdict to give according to the evidence," not allow you to part till you have given your verdict,” the jury without reference to whether that verdict was or was not accept replied, “We have given in our verdict, and we can give in no able to the court to whom it was returned. Now-a-days, when other." juries are chosen with the utmost regard to the ends of justice, The Recorder refused to take such a verdict, and sent the and with a single eye to perfect impartiality, and, when chosen, jury back again to reconsider it. In half an hour's time they are treated with the fullest respect, neither being worried into came back into court, and handed in a written verdict to the Ferdicts nor molested after they have given them, we who have same effect as before, and signed by all of them. Upon this never seen a different state of things, are apt to suppose that being received, the Lord Mayor rated the jury in these words: there never was one, and to take it for granted that the thing MAYOR: What, will you be led by such a silly fellow as which is, is the same that hath been. Let us look for a few Bushell ? An impudent, canting fellow. I warrant you, you minutes at “ Bashell's case."
shall come no more upon juries in haste. You are a foreman, The circumstances under which Bushell, the juryman, came indeed (addressing Bushell). I thought you had understood your upon the scene were these :-Two Quakers, Penn and Mead, had place better. thought fit to preach to the people from the steps of a house RECORDER: Gentlemen, you shall not be dismissed till we in Gracechurch Street. In the course of their address they have a verdict that the court will accept; and you shall be had used language which was interpreted as conveying, and locked up, without meat, drink, fire, and tobacco. You shall perhaps was meant to convey, animadversions upon the govern- not think thus to abuso the court. We will have a verdict by ment. For this they were arrested, and, having been committed the help of God; or you shall starve for it. by a city magistrate on the charge of stirring up a riot, were The jury declined to alter their verdict, and Penn, one of the put upon their trial. Like many of the charges preferred at prisoners, claimed to have it recorded. “The agreement of that time by the over-zealous agents of the government, the twelve men is the verdict in law; and such a one being given by accusation was an extravagant one, and considerable sympathy the jury, I require the clerk of the peace to record it, as he will was shown by the Londoners in favour of the prisoners. If answer at his peril. And if the jury bring in another verdict what the two men had said amounted to sedition, then, it was contradictory to this, I affirm they are perjured men in law;" felt, no man could safely talk politics even in the mildest way; and looking upon the jury, he said: “You are Englishmen! and it was further felt that the prosecution was a tyrannical act Mind your privilege ! Give not away your right !” on the part of the government, and people were getting rather. The court was adjourned till next morning at seven o'clock, tired of the thing. Notwithstanding such was the case popular the prisoners were sent back to Newgate, and the jury were sympathy at that time was but a whet to the prosecuting spirit ordered into the custody of those who swore to keep them of the crown lawyers—the trial was urged, and it came on without fire, food, drink, or any other accommodation till the before the Recorder of London at the Old Bailey.
adjourned sitting of the court. The following scene, illustrative of the manner in which While the jury are thus away in their retiring room, making prisoners were treated under Charles II., presented itself on the up their minds what verdict they shall give-chafing, some of entrance of Penn and Mead into the court :--After the manner of them, at the manner in which they have been treated by the their brethren, the two Friends kept their hats on in the presence court, and, under the guidance of their foreman, resolving that of the judge, as they would have done in the presence of the they will not submit to dictation, but act upon the exordium king himself. The gaoler rudely knocked their hats off, where delivered to them by the prisoner as they quitted their box upon the Recorder, not with a view to rebuking the man's - let us consider for a moment what right it was for which ronghness, but to having a preliminary fling at the prisoners, they were contending, and the way in which that right was ordered him to replace them. Being put in the dock, the acquired. prisoners were thus addressed by their judge :
Trial by jury was an old-established institution in England, as RECORDER: Do you know where you are ?
old, some think, as the Anglo-Saxon laws. Something like it is PENN: Yes.
certainly to be found in the history which has come down to us RECORDER: Do you not know it is the king's court ?
of those times, but the jury system, as we understand it now, was PENN: I know it to be a court, and I suppose it to be the the creation of a period subsequent to the Norman Conquest, king's court.
1066. Before that date the jury which tried causes consisted of RECORDER : Do you not know there is respect due to the a certain number of “compurgators” as they were called, that court?
is to say, persons who did not give their opinion upon evidence PENN: Yes.
adduced before them on oath, but who merely swore that they believed what the defendant said under sanction of his oath. I would not have back at any price, nor to please any one, but the The form of procedure was simply this. A man accused of judges took upon themselves to revive the wicked old custom of default, on civil or criminal process, was put on his oath if he polluting the very source of justice by intimidating those who chose to be so, and then swore he was innocent of the offence had charge of it. Two Chief Justices of England, Hyde and charged, or that his version of the case between him and the Keeling, were especially guilty of this crime, and made themselves plaintiff was a true one. The compargators, of whom the num- so notorious that the House of Commons came to a resolution to ber varied from twelve to thirty-six, being also sworn, deposed impeach the latter for his misconduct. He was suffered to speak to their belief in what the defendant had said, and, as they were for himself at the bar of the House, and to go free on promise of commonly chosen from among the neighbours and acquaintance amendment. of the man, they were supposed to know something of the facts In the face of this, and in spite of the expressed opinions of connected with his case, as well as to be able to form an esti- most of the legal luminaries of the day, including Lord Chief mate of the truth or falsehood of his statements. It can easily Justice Hale, the Recorder of London, in 1670, ventured, under be imagined that such a tribunal was not one from which the circumstances stated above, to fine the jury which acquitted to expect strict justice, and the shortcomings of the system Penn and Mead, and to commit Mr. Bushell to prison when amounted in many instances to gross miscarriage of right. he refused to pay. Here was what followed when the jury Nevertheless, it continued to be used with other systems till remained obstinate in their simple verdict of “not guilty," Henry II. (1154-1189) introduced the Norman form of trial after having been browbeaten, threatened, and ridiculed, both by jury for civil causes, and Henry III., or rather those by chief magistrate and Recorder, and after having been who represented him, introduced it about 1235 on criminal sent back three times to consider their verdict, which indeed process.
they did alter to a simple verdict of “not guilty" as to both The Norman-English jury was not like ours of to-day. Instead | prisoners. of deciding upon the case according to evidence for and against, CLERK : Are you agreed upon your verdict ? and after hearing the summing-up of the judge, the jury included JURY: Yes. all those who under our system would be witnesses, and would CLERK: Who shall speak for you? be rigidly excluded from the jury for the very reason that they JURY: Our foreman. knew most of the facts. Then it was the duty of the sheriff to CLERK: What say you ? Look upon the prisoners at the bar. summon specially on the jury all those who were, or might be is William Penn guilty of the matter whereof he stands indicted supposed to be, acquainted with the material points in the case, in manner and form as aforesaid, or not guilty ? and these persons compared notes with their fellows, but without FOREMAN: William Penn is guilty of speaking in Gracechurch being subjected to any cross-examination, and gave their verdict Street. according to what then appeared to them to be right. Common MAYOR: To an unlawful assembly? rumour, repetitions of what somebody else had said, unsifted BUSHELL (the foreman): No, my lord, we give no other testimony of various kinds, were received by these juries, and verdict than what we gave last night. We have no other verdict sometimes constituted all the evidence they had to guide them. to give. All such would be utterly rejected now, and any person who had MAYOR: You are a factious fellow. I'll take a course with evidence to give 'would be summoned as a witness—would cer- you. tainly be precluded from sitting on the jury. It was not till the Sie T. BLOODWITH (alderman): I knew Mr. Bushell would twenty-third year of the reign of Edward III. (1327-1377) that not yield. witnesses, though still added to the jury, were not allowed to BUSHELL : Sir Thomas, I have done according to my convote as to the verdict; and it was not till the eleventh year of science. Henry IV. (1399-1413) that they were made to give their evi. MAYOR : That conscience of yours would cut my throat. dence in open court, under the scrutiny of the judge, and without BUSHELL: No, my lord, it never shall. being associated in any way with the jury.
MAYOR: But I will cut yours so soon as I can. Under the Plantagenet princes (from Henry II., 1154, to RECORDER: He has inspired the jury. He has the spirit of Richard II., 1399), though the grand provision in Magna Charta- divination. Methinks I feel him. I will have a positive verdict, that no free man should be tried by any but his peers—was con or you shall starve for it. stantly disregarded, it does not appear that juries as such PENN: I desire to ask the Recorder one question. Do you suffered any violence; but with the Tudor princes came in this, I allow of the verdict given of William Mead ? as in other respects, quite another order of things, and that RECORDER : It cannot be a verdict, because you were indicted which the Tudors did the Stuarts did likewise. Juries were for a conspiracy, and one being found not guilty, and not the called to acconnt in the most direct and personal manner for other, it could not be a verdict. verdicts given according to their conscience (some authorities, PENN : If not guilty be not a verdict, then you make of the however, say they were frequently bribed), and were frequently jury and Magna Charta but a mere nose of wax. reprimanded by the judge or the king's council, and sometimes MEAD: How! Is not guilty no verdict ? cited before the Court of Star Chamber, where, if they did not RECORDER: No, it is no verdict. repent, they were heavily fined and also imprisoned. Some of After this fine judicial dictum there were other passages the fines imposed on individual jurymen were as much as £2,000, between the jury and the court, and the jury being once more a ruinous amount in Queen Mary's reign (1553-1558), when asked as to William Penn's guilt, said, as before, that he was such a fine was actually inflicted. Whether there was or was guilty of speaking in Gracechurch Street. not any ground for the interference of the Star Chamber on the RECORDER: What is this to the purpose ? I say I will have a score of bribery of the jurors by the parties to suits, it is evident verdict. (And speaking to Edward Bushell, said) : You are & that the offence might have been punished by more regular factious fellow. I will set a mark upon you; and whilst I have means, and that the means actually adopted were liable to be anything to do in the city I will have an eye upon you. grossly abused. As a matter of fact they were grossly abused, MAYOR: Have you no more wit than to be led by such and the tyrannical conduct of the Star Chamber in dealing with pitiful fellow ? I will cut his nose. juries was one of the chief causes which contributed to its down- PENN: It is intolerable that any jury should be thus menaced fall. When the Star Chamber was abolished by Act of Parlia- Is this according to the fundamental laws? Are not they my ment in 1641, with an indignant protest against its ever having proper judges by the Great Charter of England ? What hope is existed, and a solemn declaration that nothing of the kind should there of ever having justice done when juries are threatened, and be permitted in the time to come, this evil practice of threatening their verdicts rejected ? I am concerned to speak, and grieved and punishing juries, so as to compel them to give such verdicts to see such arbitrary proceedings. Did not the Lieutenant of as the Crown wished, was abolished also. During the civil war the Tower render one of them worse than a felon? And do you (1642-1648), and during the protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, not plainly seem to condemn such for factious fellows who (1648-1658) it was not heard of ; jurymen were allowed to be answer not your ends ? Unhappy are those juries who are responsible alone to God and their conscience, and gave their threatened to be fined, and starved, and ruined if they give not verdicts freely, no man making them afraid.
in verdicts contrary to their consciences. With the restoration of Charles II., in 1660, some of the old RECORDER: My lord, you must take a course with that same governmental vices were restored also. The Star Chamber men fellow.
MAYOR : Stop his mouth. Gaoler, bring fetters, and stake brought him as her dower Tangier, in Marocco; Bombay, in him to the ground.
Hindostan or India ; and £300,000 in money. The first-named Penn: Do your pleasure. I matter not your fetters. town was abandoned, in 1683, as a place not worth the expenso
of holding by an armed force; while tho second, now the capital
of one of the five presidencies of British India, was handed over RECORDER: Gentlemen, we shall not be at this trade always to the East India Company for a small annual quit-rent. with you. You will find the next session of parliament thero will be a law made that those that will not conform shall not Born at St. James's Palace, Declaration of Indulgence in have the protection of the law. Mr. Lee, draw up another
May 29, 1630 favour of the Papists. 1672 verdict, that they may bring it in special.
Crowned at Scone . . . . 1651 Test Act passed. March, 1673 LEE: I cannot tell how to do it.
Obliged to retire to Holland Marriage of Mary, daughter
of the Duke of York (after. JURY: We ought not to be retained, having all agreed, and
after the Battle of Worces
ter . . . . . . . . 1631 wards James II.) to Wil. set our hands to the verdict.
Returns to England May 29 1660 liam of Orange . . . . 1077 RECORDER : Your verdict is nothing. You play upon the
Trial of the Regicides, etc. 1660 Treaty of Nimeguen . . 1678 coart. I say you shall go together and bring in another verdict, Revision of the Common Supposed Conspiracy of the or yon shall starve, and I will have you carted about the city as Prayer Book, . . . . 1661 Papists to assassinate tho in Edward the Third's time.
Act of Uniformity passed 1662 king and restore the RoFOREMAN: We have given in our verdict, and all agreed to
Bombay and Tangier added to
man Catholic religion it; and if we give in another, it will be a force upon us to save
the British dominions. . 1662
Aug. 12, 1678
Dunkirk sold to Louis XIV. Murder of Sir Edmondsbury our lives.
of France for £500,000
Godfrey. ... Oct. 15, 1678 Finally the jury gave their verdict "not guilty" against
Oct. 17, 1662) Murder of Archbishop Sharpo both prisoners, and each one of them affirmed the same sepa War with the United Pro
May 3, 1679 rately; whereupon the Recorder fined them forty marks vinces of the Netherlands. 1664 The present Habeas Corpus each, and ordered them to be imprisoned till the fine should be The Great Plague.... 1665 Act passed . May 27, 1679 paid.
The Great Fire of London 1666 Battle of Bothwell Bridge Imprisoned they were accordingly in the common gaol of Ships in the Medway burnt
June 22, 1679 Newgate, a noisome, filthy den, which was a disgrace to any
by the Dutch .... . 1667 Meal Tab Plot.. Oct. 23, 1679 country calling itself civilised. From Newgate, however, the
Peace of Breda . . . . . 1667 Persecution of the Cove
“ Triple Alliance" of England, nanters in Seotland . . . 1680 spirit which had made itself felt in opposition to the oppressive
Holland,and Sweden against Charter of the City of Lon. conduct of the Recorder's Court made itself heard at the Court
France . . . . . Jan, 28, 1668 don declared to be forof King's Bench. A writ of Habeas Corpus* was sued out and Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1668 feited . . . .. 1682 made returnable immediately, and when the governor of Newgate War with Holland. ..1672 Rye House Plot. June 12, 1683 brought up his prisoners it turned out that they were detained Dutch defeated in the Battle • Execution of Algernon Sydney for non-payment of fines imposed upon them on account of their of Solebay or Southwold
and Lord William Russell . 1083 verdict.
Bay . . . . . May 28, 1672 Death of Charles II. Feb. 6, 1085 Chief Justice Vaughan, in one of the most learned and
SOVEREIGNS CONTEMPORARY WITH CHARLES II. masterly judgments ever delivered, went into the whole matter. What he said may be found in the sixth volume of the State
Denmark, Kings of. Portugal, Kings of. Í Sweden, King of.
| Frederick III. . 1648 Alphonso VI. . 1656) Charles XL., 1680 Trials, and in the collected judgments of the eminent Chief
Christian V.. . 1670 Peter II. . . . 1083 Justice. The studious who have opportunity will do well to
Turkey, Sultan of.
France, King of seek the judgment there ; but we have all an interest in the Louis XIV. . . 1643
Rome, Popes of. Mahomet IV. . 1619
vit gist of what he said, and that can be reproduced without such Germany, Emperor of.
United Provinces of the
croru:. Clement IX. . . 1667 careful search. He laid it down as law that the fines were Leopold I. . . 1658 Cler
Clement X., 1670 illegal, and that the imprisonment consequent on them was
Poland, King of.
holders of. necessarily illegal also. But he went on still further, and John II. (some
NO Stadholder times
Russia, Czars of. styled
1 declared in effect that the Recorder had improperly refused to
from 1650 to 1972
Casimir V.) . 1649 Alexis . . . . 1645 William Henry receive the verdict of the jury, and that the jury had an unques
** | Interregnum
. 1668 Feodor II... 1676 (afterwards tionable right to give what verdict they pleased, the remedy for Michael... 1669 Ivan IV. and Pe
William III. ot & stupid verdict being in the discretion of a judge to order a new John III. . . . 1674 ter I. conjointly 1682 England) . . 1672 trial on the ground of the verdict being contrary to the evidence; and for a corrupt verdict, in the power of any one to prosecute a jurynan for perjury if committed wilfully in the course of his duty as a juryman.
LESSONS IN GEOMETRY.-XIII. As the law was thus settled it has remained ever since, few
" In the last lesson (page 383) was given the method of drawing occasions having arisen in which the rights of juries have been imperilled.
a triangle equal in superficial area to any regular four-sided To Edward Bushell and his fellow-citizens we are directly indebted for the establishment of the law upon this most
figures, such as a square, rectangle,or parallelogram; and, before
enterir.. on the geometry of the circle, it only remains to show satisfactory footing; and the occasion seemed to us so full of
the learner how he may draw a triangle equal in superficial interest, and the principle gaired so full of importance, that we i
area to any given irregular four-sided figure, whether it be a have thought fit to make them the subject of this number of our Historie Sketebes.
trapezium or trapezoid (Defs. 31, 32, page 58), or to any maul. tilateral figure or polygon, whether regular or irregular; that
is to say, having its sides and angles equal on the one hand, SINOPSIS OF EVENTS IN THE LIFE AND REIGN OF
or having its sides and angles tinequal on the other (Def. 33, CHARLES II.
page 53). It will be seen that either process is effected Charles II, the second son of Charles I. and Henrietta Maria ' by the aid of the knowledge of certain geometrical facts of France. *23 the twenty-sixth king of England after the in connection with the triangle which have been already exSorman Conquest, and the third of the Staart Dynasty. He plained. married . Portuguese priteess. Catherine of Braganza, who PROBLEN XXXIII.— To draw a triangle that shall be
equal in superficial area to any giren irregular quadrilateral,
figure. A Trit Habeas Corpus is an order which a jedge is obliged, Let ABCD (Fig. 46) be the given irregular quadrilateral figure; wder a penalty of Eson, to send om petition of a prisoner, to the it is required to draw a triangle equal to it in superficial area. sadler who detains him, tegnering his to bring up tbe boriy of his pri Drew R one of the diagonals of the irregular quadrilateral Soner, ani to skre e why be detring him, so that the judge may be satisfied us to the propriety of otberuse of the detection, and may
figure or trapezium A B C D, and prodnce the side c D, on which ranit the poscez to ouro
Then through. A draw the figure stends, indefinitely toward. 2. e Escharge him ss be may see it. This is a Britie s en anderaard szinst illegal cr tsraanical AF paralel to the diagonal B D. and meeting C E in the point ". in prisontzet Thea the Hubes Corpos Act is suspended, the writs Joir: BF; the triangle BFC is equal to the trapezium A B C D.
That this is true may be soon seen. After taking away the common piece BCDK from the trapezium A B C D and the ABCDEFG (Fig. 48), and proceed to construct a triangle equal triangle B FC, we have the triangle A KB, the remainder of the to it in area. As the figure is complicated, the lines which contrapezium A B C D, and the triangle K F D, the remainder of the tain the heptagon and the triangle equivalent to it in area have triangle BPC.
been drawn thicker than the lines which are necessary in working Bat these triangles are also parts of the triangles A D B, out the process (as in Fig. 47), that the reader may the more BY D, which are equal in area, since they are on the same base, readily distinguish the relative areas of the figures in question. BD, and between the same parallels A F, BD, and as the triangle The first step is to draw straight lines from A, the apex of KD B is common to both, the triangle A K B is equal to the the polygon, taking D E to represent its base, to the points triangle K F D. In the same manner, by drawing the diagonal C, D, E, F, or to each salient point of the polygon except the two
A c of the tra immediately on the right and left of the apex. The straight pezium A B C D lines A C, A D, A E, A F divide the polygon A B C D E F G into producing D c in five unequal triangles, A B C, AC D, A D E, A EF, and AFG. the direction of The reader will note that however many may be the sides of the G; drawing BH polygon, it is divided by this process into a number of triangles parallel to AC, always less by two than the number of its sides. Thus in the and meeting D G figure below the number of triangles into which it is divided by in h; and lastly, drawing straight lines from its apex to its salient points is five, joining A , it the number of its sides being seven; a dodecagon, or twelve
may be shown sided figure, would be divided into ten triangles, and so on. Fig. 46.
that the triangle Now-beginning with the triangle A B C, the highest triangle
ADH is also equal on the left side of the apex-by producing dc in the direction in superficial area to the irregular quadrilateral figure a BCD. of P, indefinitely; drawing BH parallel to Ac to meet c D pro
It will be useful for the student to repeat this construction as duced in 1; and joining A 1; we get a triangle, A 1 C, equal to an exercise, taking the sides C B, B A, and Ad in succession as the triangle A B C, and by adding the polygon A C D E F G to the base of the trapezium A B C D, or the side on which it each of these triangles, we find that we have a hexagon or sixstands.
sided figure, A H D E F G, equal in area to the original sevenPROBLEM XXXIV.-To draw a triangle that shall be equal in sided polygon A B C D E F G. By making the triangle A KD superficial area to any given multilateral figure or polygon. equal to the triangle
First let us take a five-sided figure, as being next in order to AHD by the same a four-sided figure, as far as the number of its sides are con construction, which we cerned, and let A B C D E (Fig. 47) represent the five-sided figure need not repeat, we or pentagon, to which it is required to draw a triangle equal inget a pentagon, or fivesuperficial area. From c, the apex of the pentagon, draw the sided figure, A K E F G, straight lines C A, C E, to the points A, E, the extremities of the equal in area to the base on which it stands. By doing this we divide the pentagon hexagon A I DEFG, A B C D E into three triangles A B C, C A E, and C ED. Produce the and consequently to
K base A E indefinitely both ways in the direction of r and g, and the original heptagon through B and draw the straight lines B H, D K, parallel to A B C D E F G. Con.
Fig. 48. CA, C E respectively, and meeting the base A E produced, in the tinning the process with making the triangle A FLequal to the tripoints 1 and k. Join CH, CK; the triangle ch k is equal angle A F G, the highest triangle on the right side of the apex, we in superficial area to the pentagon A B C D E. That this is get an irrogular quadrilateral figure, A K E L, equal to the pentrue may be seen as follows:-Of the three triangles A B C, tagon A K E F G, the hexagon A H D E F G, and the heptagon CA E, and C E D, into which the pentagon was divided, the A B C D EFG. Once more, by making by a similar construction triangle C AE is common to both the pentagon and the triangle the triangle A Em equal to the triangle A EL, we get at last a C I K. Of the remaining portions of the pentagon and triangle, triangle, A KM, equal in area to the quadrilateral figure AK EL,
the triangle A B C of the and the above-named pentagon and hexagon and the original
C E D of the pentagon is content of each triangle would be found, and the five results
I equal to the triangle CEK added together to obtain the area of the polygon. By reducing Fig. 47. of the triangle.
the area of the polygon to a triangle, its area can be found by
The learner will find it one calculation instead of five, and a sum in compound addition; useful to repeat this construction as an exercise, taking the sides or, to ensure accuracy, both processes may be gone through, each A B, BC, C D and D E in succession, as the base on which the proying a test whereby the correctness of the other may be pentagon is supposed to stand.
ascertained. That the learner may thoroughly understand the process of As in the preceding propositions, let the learner repeat the drawing a triangle equal in superficial area to a polygon having above construction as an exercise, taking the sides E F, F G, CA, a great number of sides, and see that it is as easy as it is to AB, BC, and c p in succession, as the base on which the polygon draw a triangle equal in area to a pentagon, which has only five is supposed to stand, and the salient point which happens to be sides, we will take the irregular seven-sided figure, or heptagon immediately opposite the base in each case as the aper.