« AnteriorContinuar »
erted; and Mr. Justice Bist will have the honour of setting the precedent. It is easy to conceive cases in which such a power might be applied to the most dreadful purposes. During the sittings of the infernal Revolutionary Tribunal in 1793, a similar practice was frequently adopted to supply vic-> tims for the guillotine. It is contended, in support of Mr. Justice Best's couduct, that Courts of Nisi Prius being Courts of Record, all their incidents attach, among which is the power of fining and committing for contempts; but surely this must be understood of such contempts es proceed from actual obstructions, or the impertinent or disrespectful interruptions of persons not parties to pending suits; and this doctrine canuot be held to apply to constructive contempts arising from observations made by a defendant, which, to the presiding Judge, may be uppalatable. In all prosecutions, whether for blasphemy of offences against the State, unless a defendant suffers judgment to pass against him by nil dicit, topics, of necessity, must be introduced, in justification or extenuation of the imputed charges, which might subject the defendant, in cases not punisbable with death, to penaltiệs severer than those with wbich the law - would visit the crimes specified in the indictinent, if Judges are armed with this power.- Morning Chronicle.
In addition to the above, the Editor of the Chronicle might have said, that when the profound Horne Tooke was interrupted by the Jadge, then presiding, Mr. Tooke said, " I believe, my lord, your province is the same as that of the Crier of the Courl=to keep order."
A King, incapable of vice, must also be incapable of acts of virtue; such a description only agrees with Fielding's Log King, which was free from all tyranny, pride, passion, avarice and ambition--never in the wrong, and always in the right! There are circumstances in these disgraceful measures that require explanation. If the projectors of this notable scheme believed for years that the Queen was breast high in iniquity-if they believed that she was eating the cates of wantonness, and was as openly bestial as the cynic Diogenes, was there pot among them one merciful enough to pity her condition, and to wbisper to her that shame and disgrace would follow such a course ?
or were they, like the thief-takers of the metropolis, watching her motions and marking her sinuosities, with the delicious expectation, that in time she would be rotten-ripe?- MORNING CHRONICLE.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE REPUBLICAN.
Sir. The prompt insertion of the following lines, io your Miscellany will oblige
J. J. BRAYFIELD. Camberwell, Nov. 10, 1820.
A Declaration of Love to the Queen.
Carolina, I love, as life,
More than Southey loves to write,
JOHN BULL. Ball Land, Nov. 10, 1820.
ALBION'S WAR SONG.
Too long we've horne what freemen ne'er
Can breathe and bear again,
To burst the accursed chain !
And raise the inspiring cry,
Then be bold, prompt and steady,
As onward we go, to quell the proud foe,
We'll prove e'er long, how true our song,
Let Despots league their dastard slaves,
We mock their vain array
whole ranks away ;
But now our flay's unfurled
Then be, &c.
Hark, hark the cannon's murderous roar
Proclaims the fight begun;
When once this fight is done;
But dauntless now our hearts must be,
Our soul's in every blow,
Then be, &c.
CONTINUED PERSECUTION OF MRS. CARLILE.
The publication of this day's Republican is delayed in the hopes of laying before our Readers, the cause and particulars of the legal, though tyrannical and unjust, arrest of Mrs. Carlile, last night. We have been with Mrs., Carlile at the King's Bench, the whole of tbis morning, with two gentlemen, as bail for her appearance when called for, but they were not accepted through the “ informality" of delivering in the names of the bail; thus is Mrs. Carlile dragged from her business for no specified offence, as the prosecutors will not inform her, or her friends, for what she is prosecuted, but we believe it is for a political, and not religious, publication, of last June.
The hypocritical Vice Society, are po sooner deprived of their intended victim, than the Attorney General pounces on a defenceless female, the husband of whom, his malignity has " legally” robbed of his liberty for publishing those opinions which Gifford has been accused of entertaining and never denied.
No. 13. Vol. 4.] LONDON, Friday, Nov. 24th, 1822. [PRICE 6d.
A LETTER TO THE KING, ON HIS CONDUCT TO THE QUEEN, HIS WIFE, AND ON DOMESTIC AFFAIRS.
Dorchester Gaol, Nov. 16, 1820. In the first volume of the Republican I did myself the honour to address two letters to you, which, I am proud to say, were duly ackpowledged by your Secretary for the Home Departinent, as well as by your Attorney-General. Before I sat down to this I reperused those two letters, and I assure you I read them with satisfaction, and would recommend their reperusal to you before you sit down to this. As far as political prediction can be used by a political writer they are correct, and what is there predicted and has not yet happened, is now supported by still stronger probabilities than at the time of writing. I told you that the continuation of your then career would inevitably bring upon you the fate of Charles or James. I told you that you would teach the English nation the necessity of Republican Government. I told you that the traitors to your country were in your Cabinet. I told
that then was the only moment that could be allowed you to change your Ministers and your course of government with an appearance of good intention; with several other things, all of wbich will strike you with considerable force if you will again peruse those letters. I will put the question to none but yourself as to the present probability of all the above assertions, and I will leave it to you to say, whether it could be a seditious spirit that penned them, or rather, whether they have now not all the appearance of honest and apparent truths.
In the month of January last I addressed another letter to you, whilst in the character of Regent, but it was not published until you bad changed the plume for the crown, which gave it the appearance of being ill-timed, and in addition to
Printed and Published by R. CARLILE, 55, Fleet Street.