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last trial of my predecessor Mary-Ann Carlile, and I hope now to find twelve, your verdict will be Not Guilty, or a nolle prosequi will be entered on the case as its issue. Be firm, and do your duty; and believe me, when I conclude by saying, that I scorn mercy and demand justice.
The Lord Chief Justice, after stating the substance of the Indictment, observed that the Defendant was not called on to answer any reasonable or fair discussion on the truth of Christianity in general, or any of its particular tenets. The law permitted that every subject, however sacred, should be freely, yet moderately and temperately discussed; but it would not yield its protection to gross and scandalous calumnies on the established faith. It would be a most extraordinary state of society in which the privilege of defaming that religion on which all its institutions were built, should be conceded. The publication had been clearly proved ; indeed, it had been avowed and gloried in by the Defendant; and therefore, the only question would be, whether the passages bore the character imputed to them by the record. The learned Judge then read the paragraphs set out in the indictment, and left the Jury to say if they could doubt of their meaning. Much bad been urged, to which, if applied to a different case, he should readily accede; he meant those arguments wbich had been largely quoted to show the impolicy of attempting to support religion by the secular power; and these certainly would have great weight if a grave and serious disquisition were indicted: but it would be hard to show that every society had not a right to support it against calumny and slander, and to protect the young and uninformed from the influence of mere contumelious abuse. If the Jury thought these passages were only parts of a fair and temperate discussion of the sacred topics to which they had reference, they might acquit the Defendant; but if they considered them as gross and indecent attacks on religion, they must find her guilty.
The Jury turned round in their box for about two minutes, and then returned a verdict of GUILTY.
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