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- n. A tollbooth.
- n. A merchants' meeting place or exchange.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tollbooth; also, a merchants' meeting place, or exchange.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tollbooth; also, a place where merchants usually assembled and commercial courts were held.
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For a few seconds the local potentate demurred; but when the Chief Justice poured upon him a cataract of blasphemy, and vowed to hang him instantly over the entrance to the tolsey unless he complied immediately, the humiliated chief magistrate of the ancient borough took his place at the felon's bar, and received such a rating as no thief, murderer or rebel had ever heard from George Jeffrey's abusive mouth.
Bristol tolsey or court-house saw a crowd of those wretched captives -- clerks out of employment, unruly apprentices, street boys without parents, and occasionally children of honest birth, ay, of patrician lineage, whose prompt removal from their native land was desired by brutal fathers or vindictive guardians; and every morning a mockery of judicial investigation was perpetrated in the name of justice.
The following inscription, on an ancient brass, affixed to a gravestone near the west part of the cathedral, which, being taken off, was kept in the city tolsey or hall for some time until it was finally fastened to a freestone on the west side of the Bishop’s Cloisters: — "Good Christeyn People of your Charite