A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783; With Notes and Other Illustrations Volume 20

A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783; With Notes and Other Illustrations Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...it is called liberty to do that! whereas men must be short.-sighted indeed, a man must be drivelling like an idiot that does not see that the maintaining of regular government is the true, the only means of maintaining liberty. ls it liberty to put the characters of persons, the properties of every individual, uniler the tyrannous hand of anarchy, and oi' every man that thinks proper to seize tbem, nncoiitroled by law? ls that liberty? And is there any one by-stander of the most ordinary undertanding that bears me now 8)eltl(, that has so gross an understanding as to imagine that he would be more free if it: were in the power of any man that thought proper to revile his character, (u-hich is the question which is now immediately subjected to you) or to injure him in his person or fortune, or in any other inanner whatever? This therefore is not to be coloured, as far as I can foresee, by any kind of argument whatever. The nature of the libel is too gross to be commented upon; it does no honour to any body that has been concerned in making it. ' I shall content myselfivith proving the fact of this paper having been written, of this paper having been published originally by Mr. Horne; and tie conclusion to be made upon _tliat is too obvious tl one, and too broad a one, for me to lbresee at least any kind of difiiculty about it. It was my duty to hiy it before you. I, charged with the duty of my ofiice, have brought it here; it is your duty to judge of it. You, charged by the oath that you have taken, are to determine upon it. If you can be of opinion that this licentiousness is fit to be tolerated. according to the old and established laws of this country; if you are of opinion that the fact is not_proved upon the detendant in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 636 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,120g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831802
  • 9781236831804