Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A fine paid for a pardon for breach of the peace; a payment to a magistrate for protection against vengeance.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A fine paid for obtaining pardon when the peace had been broken. Spelman; Blount. A sum paid the magistrate for protection against the right of revenge.