Commission of the peace

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a commission under the great seal, constituting one or more persons justices of the peace.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Among these was a grave gentleman, who had the honour to be in the commission of the peace for the county of Worcester.
'Pray, madam,' said Mr Dorrit, with a growing fancy upon him as he recovered his importance, that he was in some superior way in the Commission of the Peace; 'pray, madam, may I inquire, for the greater satisfaction of the gentleman whom I have the honour to-- ha--retain, or protect or let me say to--hum--know--to know--Was Monsieur Blandois here on business on the night indicated in this present sheet?'
He was in the commission of the peace, and could write his name almost legibly; but his greatest qualifications were, that he was more severe with poachers, was a better shot, a harder rider, had better horses, kept better dogs, could eat more solid food, drink more strong wine, go to bed every night more drunk and get up every morning more sober, than any man in the county.
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