Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:
Sir, as it is the honor of a magistrate to do justice impartially, so it is the honor and glory of a magistrate to do justice speedily. “This is what the Lord says to the dynasty of David: ‘Administer justice every morning! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Do what is right, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.” Jeremiah 21:12. [God is very speedy and swift in the execution of justice, Joel 3:4; Gen. 19; Num. 16; Ezra 7:20. In this as in other things it befits magistrates to be like to God.] After examination, execution is to be done with expedition. When men cry out for “Justice, Justice!” magistrates must not cry out, “Tomorrow, tomorrow”. Magistrates must do justice in the morning. Neither noon-justice, nor afternoon-justice, nor evening justice, nor night-justice is so acceptable to God, or so honorable to magistrates, or so advantageous to the people—as morning-justice is. To delay justice is worse sometimes than to deny justice. It is a very dangerous thing for magistrates to be as long a-bringing forth their verdicts as the elephant her young. Delay of justice makes many more irreconcilable; it makes many men go up and down this world with heavy hearts, empty purses, and threadbare coats.