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TRIAL OF MRS. CARLILE,
ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S EX-OFFICIO INFORMATION
Protection of Tyrants, Against the 8th No. of Vol. 3, of THE REPUBLICAN;
INFORMATION & DEFENCE
TRIED BEFORE CHIEF JUSTICE ABBOTT,
AND A SPECIAL JURY, AT THE GUILDHALL, LONDON, ON JANUARY 19th, 1821 :
TO WHICH IS ADDED, THE
Report of the Proceedings
IN THE COURT AT WESTMINSTER HALL.
135, FLEET STREET.
1825. Price Sixpence.
To the Memory of ROBERT STEWART, Marquis of Londonderry, Viscount Castlereagh, 8c., WHO eventually did that for himself, which Millions wished some noble mind would do for him-CUT HIS THROAT;
THIS PAMPHLET IS INSCRIBED,
As, to him the Libel and Defence more particularly alluded, he being, at that time, the most prominent of many English, Scotch, and Irish Tyrants.
It is also inscribed to the British and Irish Public, as one of the most important Political and Mora] Documents in print, by
Dorchester Gaol, Sep. 2, 1825.
Castlereagh, Liverpool, Sidmouth & Éldon.
LONDON (TO WIT)
Nov. 24, 1820. De it REMEMBERED, that Sir Robert Gifford, Knight, AttorneyGeneral of our present Sovereign Lord the King, who for our said Lord the King, prosecutes in this behalf, in his proper person, comes here into the Court of our said Lord the King, before the King himself, at Westminster, on Tuesday next, after the Morrow of Saint Martin, in this same Term, and, for our said Lord the King gives the Court here to understand and be informed, that Jane Carlile, late of London, bookseller, the wife of Richard Carlile, being a person of a wicked and depraved mind and disposition, and unlawfully and wickedly contriving and intending move and-excite the liege subjects of our said Lord the King, to the commission of the crime of murder, heretofore (to wit) on the seventeenth day of June, in the first year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Fourth, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, at London aforesaid, in the Parish of Saint Mary-le-Bow, in the ward of Cheap, unlawfully and wickedly did publish and cause to be published, a certain wicked and mischievous libel, containing therein (amongst other things) divers wicked and mischievous matters and things, of and concerning the persons employed by our said Lord the King in the administration of the Government and affairs of this Realm, according to the tenor following (that is to say) “I will now come to the point “ with you, and tell you more than you seem to ask, lest you
should say that I evade the question. In the first place, I hold the de• struction of tyrants, by putting them to death suddenly and vios lently, or if you should think I am not sufficiently explicit, by
assassinating them, to be an act, just, moral, virtuous, and legal,
agreeable to the law of nature, which should be the foundation of 66 all other law. A tyrant is the common destroyer of his species, " and any member of that community in which he dwells and plays “ the tyrant, that shall receive any injury from him, may, in my opi“ nion, meritoriously put him to death. The moralist, or a man •' with the most humane mind, will stand aloof and ask himself the * following question, which would have been the greatest outrage on o the laws, morals, and welfare of this society, that this man, who is san ayowed and admitted tyrant should fall by the hand of one
whom he has injured, or that he should have lived to have made "s unhappy, miserable, and in continued fear for their lives and pro* perties, every member of this society that should not feel disposed “' to flatter and applaud his wicked measures? Give me an answer
to this last question, in the same frank and candid manver in which