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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36

Liabilities of the Excise

Liabilities of the Excise.

Note 4. "License shall not be granted unless the Commissioners are satisfied that the applicant is of good moral character," Section 12. So far as I know, there is no judicial decision definitely describing this kind of person; but common sense and high authority in lexicography describe "good moral character" as "a life conformed to rules of right; as one who respects social duties; one who is virtuous, just." To license a person notoriously unlike and opposite to this description of character—as Excise boards sometimes knowingly do—is to violate their oath of office, and render themselves indict able for misdemeanor, 7 Barbour, 477.