The Speeches of the Hon. T. Erskine (now Lord Erskine): When at the Bar, on Subjects Connected with Liberty of the Press, and Against Constructive Treasons, Volume 3
J. Ridgway, 1813 - Freedom of the press
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
according answer appears apply arms assembled attention authority believe body bring called cause charge Commons compassing conduct considered conspiracy Constitutional Society Convention Corresponding Corresponding Society Court Crown death Defendants delegates depose desire direct duty effect England equal established evidence execution existence express fact force France Gentlemen give given hand Hardy held high treason House Indictment intention Judges Jury justice King King's kingdom Legislature letter liberty London Corresponding Lord March means meant measures meeting ment mentioned mind nature necessary never object observe opinion overt act Paine Parliament passed persons present principles Prisoner proceedings prove question reform representation representatives resolutions respect Scotland sent stand statute suppose taken thing thought tion traitorous trial whole wish witness writings
Page 500 - Do you imagine then, that it is the land tax act which raises your revenue? that it is the annual vote in the committee of supply which gives you your army? or that it is the mutiny bill which inspires it with bravery and discipline? No ! surely no ! It is the love of the people ; it is their attachment to their government, from the sense of the deep stake they have in such a glorious institution...
Page 82 - Lady his Queen, or of their eldest son and heir; or if a man do violate the King's companion, or the King's eldest daughter unmarried, or the wife of the King's eldest son and heir; or if a man do levy war against our lord the King in his realm, or be adherent to the King's enemies in his realm, giving to them aid and comfort in the realm, or elsewhere, and thereof be provably attainted of open deed by the people of their condition.
Page 500 - As long as you have the wisdom to keep the sovereign authority of this country as the sanctuary of liberty, the sacred temple consecrated to our common faith, wherever the chosen race and sons of England worship freedom, they will turn their faces towards you. The more they multiply, the more friends you will have ; the more ardently they love liberty, the more perfect will be their obedience.
Page 406 - The virtue, spirit, and essence of a House of Commons consists in its being the express image of the feelings of the nation. It was not instituted to be a control upon the people, as of late it has been taught, by a doctrine of the most pernicious tendency. It was designed as a control for the people.
Page 421 - Whatsoever cannot but be acknowledged to be of advantage to the society and people in general, upon just and lasting measures, will always, when done, justify itself; and whenever the people shall choose their representatives upon just and undeniably equal measures, suitable to the original frame of the government, it cannot be doubted to be the will and act of the society, whoever permitted or caused them so to do.
Page 82 - When a Man doth compass or imagine the Death of our Lord the King, or of our Lady his Queen, or of their eldest Son and Heir...
Page 58 - King, not having the fear of God in their hearts, nor weighing the duty of their allegiance, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, as false traitors against our said Lord the King...
Page 472 - The barefaced aristocracy of the present administration has made it necessary that we should be prepared to act on the defensive, against any attack they may command their newly armed minions to make upon us. A plan has been hit upon, and, if encouraged sufficiently, will, no doubt, have the effect of furnishing a quantity of pikes to the patriots, great enough to make them formidable.
Page 405 - Whatever alterations time and the necessary accommodation of business may have introduced, this character can never be sustained, unless the House of Commons shall be made to bear some stamp of the. actual disposition of the people at large.
Page 481 - I vow to God I would sooner bring myself to put a man to immediate death for opinions I disliked, and so to get rid of the man and his opinions at once, than to fret him with a feverish being, tainted with the jail distemper of a contagious servitude, to keep him above ground, an animated mass of putrefaction ; corrupted himself, and corrupting all about him.