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Chinese - China
But the principal offenses of the kind are such as it is mostly impossible, unless by accidental self-betrayal, to bring home to conviction. (Mill, On Liberty)

Hi. Could you help me understand the bold part?

Thank you.
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    Please tell us what Mill is writing about. Offences of what kind? What is this sentence being contrasted with to justify "but" at the beginning? This is context, without which it is very difficult to say what Mill meant.
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