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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The name given in America to the trial and punishment of offenders without form of law, or by mob law; derived from the name of a man Lynch, dubbed Judge, who being referred to used to administer justice in the far West in this informal way.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Lynch Law'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/lynch-law.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.