To compound a felony

to accept of a consideration for forbearing to prosecute, such compounding being an indictable offense. See Theftbote.

See also: Compound

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Knowing that your clear head would propose that alternative, I have gone over the calculations in my mind; and I find that to compound a felony, even on very high terms indeed, would not be as safe and good for me as my improved prospects in the Bank.'