An Examination of the Trials for Sedition which Have Hitherto Occurred in Scotland ...

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D. Douglas, 1888 - Scotland
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Page 150 - Britain, a printer has been gravely found guilty of a libel, for publishing those resolutions to which the present minister of that kingdom had actually subscribed his name ? To what other cause can you ascribe, what in my mind is still more astonishing, in such a country as Scotland, a nation cast in the happy medium between the spiritless acquiescence of submissive poverty, and the sturdy credulity of pampered wealth ; cool and ardent, adventurous and persevering ; winning her eagle flight against...
Page 150 - There is a sort of aspiring and adventurous credulity, which disdains assenting to obvious truths, and delights in catching at the improbability of circumstances, as its best ground of faith. To what other cause, gentlemen, can you ascribe that in the wise, the reflecting, and the philosophic nation of Great Britain, a printer has been...
Page 100 - Now for my intention, let me tell you, that if I had thought there had been the least sin in the Plot, I would not have been of it for all the world; and no other cause drew me to hazard my fortune and life, but zeal to God's religion.
Page 150 - ... wealth — cool and ardent, adventurous and persevering, winging her eagle flight against the blaze of every science, with an eye that never winks, and a wing that never tires ; crowned, as she is, with the spoils of every art, and decked with the wreath of every muse, from the deep and scrutinising researches of her Hume, to the sweet and simple, but not less sublime and pathetic morality of her Burns...
Page 48 - that the members of the British Convention deserved transportation for fourteen years, and even public whipping ;' — and that when it was objected, by a person present in company,. that the people would not patiently endure the inflicting of that punishment upon the members of the British Convention, the said Lord Justice Clerk replied, that the mob would be the better for the spilling of a little blood.
Page 85 - ... me remind you that mercy is no small part of the duty of jurymen ; that the man who shuts his heart on the claims of the unfortunate, on him the gates of mercy will...
Page 182 - ... oligarchy to feed their filthy vermin on our vitals, and rule us as they will ? No, my countrymen ! Let us lay our petitions at the foot of the throne, where sits our august prince, whose gracious nature will incline his ear to listen to the cries of his people, which he is bound to do by the laws of his country.
Page 31 - Did any person, did a lady say to you, that the people would not allow you to whip him ? and, my Lord — did you not say, that the mob would be the better for losing a little blood? — These are the questions, my Lord, that I wish to put to you at present, in the presence of the Court : deny them, or acknowledge them.
Page 44 - He uttered the foregoing words emphatically, but not turbulently ; and, finding him fixedly determined upon returning that night to Scotland, I did not harass his mind by any further remonstrance.
Page 254 - From my infancy to this moment, I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. — It shall ultimately prevail. — It shall finally triumph.

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