A Digest of the Law Concerning Libels: Containing All the Resolutions in the Books on the Subject, and Many Manuscript Cases

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William Hallhead, 1778 - Libel and slander - 139 pages

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Page 120 - That the freedom of speech, and debates or proceedings in Parliament, ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament.
Page 41 - Subject in Fear by Blows, Threats, or Geftures. Nor is this Cafe of the Libeller ever enumerated in any of thefe Writers among the Breaches of Peace ; on the contrary, it is always defcribed as an Act tending to excite, provoke, or produce Breaches of the Peace...
Page 123 - Eqs. : containing his secret Transactions and Negotiations in Scotland, England, the Courts of Vienna, Hanover, and other Foreign Parts. With an Account of the Rise and Progress of the Ostend Company in the Austrian Netherlands. Published by himself.
Page 49 - Thefe are in his majefty's name to authorize and require you to receive into your cuftody the body of John Wilkes, efq; herewith fent you for being the author and...
Page 42 - He is, by this Means, impowered, in the firft Inftance, to pronounce the Paper to be a feditious Libel, a Matter of fuch Difficulty, that fome have pretended, it is too high to be...
Page 104 - ... both in respect of the judges of the Court and of their honourable proceeding according to their just jurisdiction and the ancient and just orders of the court. For the judges of the same are (as you have heard) the grandees of the realm, the lord chancellor, the lord treasurer, the lord president of the King's Council, the lord privy seal, all the lords spiritual, temporal and others of the King's most honourable Privy Council and the principal judges of the realm, and such other lords of Parliament...
Page 7 - ... nonsense if strained to any other meaning, is as properly a libel as if it had expressed the whole name at large; for it brings the utmost contempt upon the law to suffer its justice to be eluded by such trifling evasions; and it is a ridiculous absurdity to say that a writing which is understood by every, the meanest, capacity, cannot possibly be understood by a judge and jury.
Page 16 - It is not material whether the libel be true, or whether the party against whom it is made, be of good or ill fame; for in a settled state of Government the party grieved ought to complain for every injury done him in an ordinary course of law, and not by any means to revenge himself, either by the odious course of libelling, or otherwise...
Page 52 - Ihewing that privilege of parliament is conufable at common law, he ' fays, that privilege generally holds, unlefs it be in three cafes, viz. treafon, felony, and the peace.
Page 51 - I fhould have thought it very weighty and alarming ; but it has been fettled. Before I mention the cafe where it Was folemnly adjudged, I would take notice, that neither my Lord Coiet Lord Hah, or Mr.

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