The Trial of John Peltier: Esq., for a Libel Against Napoleon Buonaparté, First Consul of the French Republic, at the Court of King's-bench, Middlesex, on Monday the 21st of February, 1803

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Cox, Son, and Baylis, 1803 - Ambigu - 312 pages
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Page 31 - King there being, in contempt of our said Lord the King and his laws, to the evil example of all others in the like case offending, and against the peace of our said Lord the King, his crown and dignity.
Page 85 - In Holland, in Switzerland, in the imperial towns of Germany, the press was either legally or practically free. Holland and Switzerland are no more ; and since the commencement of this prosecution, fifty imperial towns have been erased from the list of independent states by one dash of the pen. Three or four still preserve a precarious and trembling existence. I will not say by what compliances they must purchase its continuance. I will not insult the feebleness of states, whose unmerited fall I...
Page 89 - I trust that you will consider yourselves as the advanced guard of liberty, as having this day to fight the first battle of free discussion against the most formidable enemy that it ever encountered.
Page 11 - Middlesex unlawfully and maliciously did print and publish and cause and procure to be printed and published...
Page 78 - Gentlemen, the real prosecutor is the master of the greatest empire the civilized world ever saw. The defendant is a defenceless proscribed exile. He is a French royalist, who fled from his country in the autumn of 1792 at the period of that memorable and awful emigration when all the proprietors and magistrates of the greatest civilized country of Europe were driven from their homes by the daggers of assassins ; when our shores were covered, as with the wreck of a great tempest...
Page xxxv - His hold upon France is the sword, and he has no other. Is he connected with the soil, or with the habits, the affections, or the prejudices of the country? He is a stranger, a foreigner...
Page xxxiv - That he has an interest in making peace is at best but a doubtful proposition, and that he lias an interest in preserving it, is still more uncertain. That it is his interest to negotiate, I do not indeed deny; it is his interest above all to engage this country in separate negotiation, in .order to loosen and dissolve the whole system of the confederacy on the Continent, to palsy, at once, the arms of Russia or of Austria, or of any other country that might look to you for support ; and then either...
Page 204 - ... it has a tendency to interrupt the pacific relations between the two countries. If the publication contains a plain and manifest incitement and persuasion addressed to others to assassinate and destroy the persons of such magistrates, as the tendency of such a publication is to interrupt the harmony subsisting between two countries, the libel assumes a still more criminal complexion.
Page 91 - Revolution [1688], making due allowance for the frailties, the faults, and the occasional vices of men, they have, upon the whole, not been disappointed. I know that in the hands of my learned friend that trust will never be abused. But, above all, they confided in the moderation and good sense of juries, popular in their origin, popular in their feelings, popular in their very prejudices, taken from the mass of the people, and immediately returning to that mass again.
Page 164 - ... affected by that partition. It was not, as in some other countries, the indignation of rival robbers who were excluded from their share of the prey; it was the moral anger of disinterested spectators against atrocious crimes ; the gravest and the most dignified moral principle which the God of justice has implanted in the human heart ; that of which the dread is the only restraint on the actions of powerful criminals, and of which the promulgation is the only punishment that can be inflicted...

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