The Law of Libel: In which is Contained a General History of this Law in the Ancient Codes, and of Its Introduction, and Successive Alterations, in the Law of England Comprehending a Digest of All the Leading Cases Upon Libels, from the Earliest to the Present Time
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Page 184 - though the publication of such proceedings may be to the disadvantage of the particular individual concerned, yet it is of vast importance to the public that the proceedings of courts of justice should be universally known. The general advantage to the country in having these proceedings made public, more than counterbalances the inconvenience to the private persons whose conduct may be the subject of such proceedings.
Page 112 - Pounds, to be applied to the relief of the widows, orphans, and aged parents of our beloved American fellow-subjects, who, faithful to the character of Englishmen, preferring death to slavery, were, for that reason only, inhumanly murdered by the King's troops, at or near Lexington and Concord, in the Province of Massachusetts, on the 19th of last April.
Page 68 - Stra. 834. the court would not suffer it to be debated, whether to write against Christianity was punishable in the temporal courts at common law? Wood, therefore, 409. ventures still to vary the phrase, and says " that all blasphemy and profaneness are offences by the common law,
Page 24 - ... any false news or tales, whereby discord, or occasion of discord or slander, may grow between the King and his people, or the great men of the realm ; and he that doth so, shall be taken and kept in prison, until he hath brought him into the court, which was the first author of the tale.
Page 98 - ... event of a total change of system. Of all monarchs, indeed, since the revolution, the successor of George the Third will have the finest opportunity of becoming nobly popular.
Page 114 - It is no new doctrine that if a publication be calculated to alienate the affections of the people, by bringing the government into dis-esteem, whether the expedient be by ridicule or obloquy, the person so conducting himself is exposed to the inflictions of the law. It is a crime ; it has ever been considered as a crime, whether wrapt in one form or another.
Page 229 - Now, to say in general that the conduct of a dead person can at no time be canvassed, to hold that even after ages are passed the conduct of bad men cannot be contrasted with the good, would be to exclude the most useful part of history, and therefore it must be allowed that such publications may be made fairly and honestly.
Page 204 - ... to enlighten and ameliorate mankind ? We really must not cramp observations upon authors and their works. They should be liable to criticism, to exposure, and even to ridicule, if their compositions be ridiculous ; otherwise, the first who writes a book on any subject will maintain a monopoly of sentiment and opinion respecting it. This would tend to the perpetuity of error.