A letter concerning libels, warrants, and the seizure of papers: with a view to some late proceedings, and the defence of them by the majority
Discussion of the proceedings against John Wilkes in the House of Commons, in answer to a pamphlet The majority defended.
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Seite 28 - ... a malicious defamation, expressed either in writing or printing, and tending either to blacken the memory of one who is dead, or the reputation of one who is alive, and to expose him to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule.
Seite 139 - ... in companies against our peace, in disturbance of our people, with armed force have gone or rode, or hereafter shall presume to go or ride; And also of all those who have there lain in wait, or hereafter shall presume to lie in wait, to maim or cut or kill our people...
Seite 42 - Book is because the Judge (as Judge) cannot know what the Evidence is which the Jury have, that is, he can only know the Evidence given in Court: but the Evidence which the Jury have, may be of their own Knowledge, as they are returned of the Neighborhood.
Seite 13 - Aspersions upon both Houses of Parliament, and the most audacious Defiance of the Authority of the whole Legislature; and most manifestly tending to alienate the Affections of the People from His Majesty, to withdraw them from their Obedience to the Laws of the Realm, and to excite them to traitorous Insurrections against His Majesty's Government.
Seite 23 - You cannot be admitted, Mr. Hamilton, to give the Truth of a Libel in Evidence. A Libel is not to be justified ; for it is nevertheless a Libel that it is true.
Seite 13 - GEORGE the Third, by the grace of GOD of Great-Britain, France and Ireland King, defender of the faith, and so forth; and in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.
Seite 38 - It is agreed upon by all men that this is a reign of liberty, and while men keep within the bounds of truth I hope they may with safety both speak and write their sentiments of the conduct of men in power, I mean of that part of their conduct only which affects the liberty or property of the people under their administration. Were this to be denied, then the next step...
Seite 77 - That the proceedings of the Lord Chief Justice, in the cases now reported, are innovations in the trial of men for their lives and liberties; and that he hath used an arbitrary and illegal power, which is of dangerous consequence to the lives and liberties of the people of England, and tends to the introducing of an arbitrary government. 2. That in the place of judicature, the Lord Chief Justice hath undervalued, vilified, and condemned Magna Charta, the great preserver of our lives, freedom, and...
Seite 31 - Court and in those bad times, a great and good man durst say, what I hope will not be taken amiss of me to say in this place, to wit, The practice of informations for libels is a sword in the hands of a wicked king and an...