Speeches on Social and Political Subjects with Historical Introductions Volume 9

Speeches on Social and Political Subjects with Historical Introductions Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...prosecutor who stated his case with so much art and ingenuity--wrought up his argument with such pains--wandered into so large a field of declamation--or altogether performed his task in so elaborate and eloquent a fashion as the Attorney-General has done upon the present occasion. I do not blame this course. I venture not even to criticise the discretion he has exercised in the management of his cause; and I am far indeed from complaining of it. But I call upon you to declare that inference which I think you must already have drawn in your own minds, and come to that conclusion at which I certainly have arrived--that he felt what a labouring case he had--that he was aware how very different his situation to-day is from any he ever before knew in a prosecution for libel--and that the extraordinary pressure of the difficulties he had to struggle with, drove him to so unusual a course. He has called the defendant "that unhappy man." Unhappy he will be indeed, but not the only unhappy man in this country, if the doctrines laid down by my learned friend are sanctioned by your verdict; for those doctrines, I fearlessly tell you, must, if established, inevitably destroy the whole liberties of us all. Not that he has ventured to deny the right of discussion generally upon all subjects, even upon the present, or to screen from free inquiry the foundations of the Established Church, and the conduct of its ministers as a body (which I shall satisfy you are not even commented on in the publication before you). Far from my learned friend is it to impugn those rights in the abstract; nor indeed have I ever yet heard a prosecutor for libel--an Attorney-General (and I have seen a good many in my time), whether of our Lord the King or our Lord of...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624548
  • 9781236624543