The Whole Proceedings on the Trial of an Information Exhibited Ex Officio, by the King's Attorney General, Against John Stockdale: For a Libel on the House of Commons, Tried in the Court of King's Bench Westminster, on Wednesday, the Ninth of December, 1789, Before the Right Hon. Lloyd Lord Kenyon, Chief Justice of England

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J. Stockdale, 1790 - Jury - 228 pages
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Trial for publishing the Rev. Mr. Logan's pamphlet entitled A view of the principal charges against Warren Hastings, Esquire, late Governor General of Bengal.

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Page 90 - Instead of standing before him in judgment with the hopes and consolations of Christians, we must call upon the mountains to cover us; for which of us can present, for omniscient examination, a pure, unspotted, and faultless course? But I humbly expect that the benevolent Author of our being will judge us as I have been pointing out for your example. Holding up the great volume of our lives in His hands, and regarding the general scope of them — if He discovers benevolence, charity and...
Page 11 - King in contempt of our said Lord the King and his laws to the evil and pernicious example of all others in the like case offending and against the peace of our said Lord the King his crown and dignity...
Page 46 - Hastings himself to have reminded the public that he was a native of this free land, entitled to the common protection of her justice, and that he had a defence in his turn to offer to them, the outlines of which he implored them in the...
Page 126 - So that the liberties of England cannot but subsist so long as this palladium remains sacred and inviolate, not only from all open attacks (which none will be so hardy as to make) but also from all secret machinations which may sap and undermine it...
Page 26 - GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY, MR. STOCKDALE, who is brought as a criminal before you for the publication of this book, has, by employing ME as his advocate, reposed what must appear to many an extraordinary degree of confidence ; since, although he well knows that I am personally connected in friendship with most of those, whose conduct and opinions are principally arraigned by its author, he nevertheless commits to MY hands his defence and justification.
Page 82 - I have heard them in my youth from a naked savage, in the indignant character of a prince surrounded by his subjects, addressing the governor of a British colony, holding a bundle of sticks in his hand, as the notes of his unlettered eloquence.
Page 124 - King's court: a jurisdiction which, when nobility, from being territorial and feodal, became personal and honorary, was assumed and exercised by the peers of England, who, without any delegation of judicial authority from the Crown, form to this day the supreme and final court of English law, judging in the last resort for the whole kingdom, and sitting upon the lives of the peerage, in their ancient and genuine character, as the pares of one another.
Page 123 - ... merely ministerial, — every one of the king's tenants, who owed him service in right of a barony, had a seat and a voice in that high tribunal, and the office of justiciar was but to record and to enforce their judgments. In the reign of King Edward the First, when this great office was abolished, and the present courts at Westminster established...
Page 34 - of error in judgment with regard to the quantum of " a fine, and for an intention that never was executed, " and never known to the offending party, characterizes " a tribunal of inquisition rather than a Court of
Page 26 - English bar, that the world should know that such things happen to all of us daily and of course ; and that the defendant, without any knowledge of me, or any confidence that was personal, was only not afraid to follow up an accidental retainer from the knowledge he has of the general character of the profession. Happy indeed is it for this country that, whatever interested divisions may...

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