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I came across this (link above) and was wondering if anyone new what "prejudicial to a third person", meant?
"Let you confession be plain, entire, and prudent; neither obscuring your faults nor concealing any thing wilfully, nor saying what would be prejudicial to a third person"
It would mean "harmful to somebody else," except to the extent necessary to make your own confession.
Right: I helped distract the storekeeper while somebody shoplifted candy.
Wrong: I helped distract the storekeeper while Tommy Burns shoplifted candy.
Edited to add: somehow I didn't see SMOM's reply above before writing mine; funny that I should have come up with virtually the same thing. I will also remark, in case it wasn't clear, that this use of the word "prejudicial" has nothing to do with the way it is used in phrases like "racial prejudice."
Also, on the same page (225), a couple of sentences above, it says, "...there number, their enormity, &c."
What does the "&c" mean?
As pointed out, it means "et cetera." The ampersand ("&") is actually formed from smooshing together the letters "e" and "t" from the Latin word "et" (and). This is clearer in some fonts than others.