A Report of the Trial of James Forbes, William Graham, George Graham, Mathew Handwich, Henry Handwich, and William Brownlow: For a Conspiracy to Create a Riot, and to Insult and Assault His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, in the Theatre Royal, and Also for a Riot

Richard Milliken, 1823 - 371 pages

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Page 220 - ... let me exhort and conjure you, never to suffer an invasion of your political constitution, however minute the instance may appear, to pass by, without a determined persevering resistance. One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate, and constitute law. What yesterday was fact, to-day is doctrine.
Page 344 - The approved definition of a riot is "a tumultuous disturbance of the peace by three persons or more assembling together of their own authority with an intent mutually to assist one another against any one who shall oppose them in the execution of some enterprise of a private nature, and afterwards actually executing the same in a violent and turbulent manner, to the terror of the people, whether the act intended were of itself lawful or unlawful".
Page 35 - ... and armed with a resoluteness and constancy in the cause of truth and freedom, which rendered him superior to the accidents that control the fate of ordinary men. But this is not all — I feel, that to him, under God, I am, at this moment, indebted for the enjoyment of the rights which...
Page 9 - King there being, in contempt of our said Lord the King and his laws, to the evil example of all others in the like case offending, and against the peace of our said Lord the King, his crown and dignity.
Page 345 - In every riot there must be some such circumstances, either of actual force or violence, or at least of an apparent tendency thereto, as are naturally apt to strike a terror Into the people. . . . But It Is not necessary. In order to constitute this crime, that personal violence should have been committed.
Page 35 - Looking merely at his shining qualities and achievements, I admire him as I do a Scipio, a Regulus, a Fabius; a model of tranquil courage, undeviating probity, and armed with a resoluteness and constancy in the cause of truth and freedom, which rendered him superior to the accidents that control the fate of ordinary men.
Page 9 - King, prays the consideration of the court here in the premises, and that due process of law may be awarded against the said John Baker, in this behalf, to make him answer to our said lord the King touching and concerning the premises aforesaid.
Page 35 - ... firmness and constancy of his nature, to combine them into an indissoluble alliance against the schemes of despotism and universal domination of the most powerful monarch in Europe, seconded by the ablest generals, at the head of the bravest and best disciplined armies in the world, and wielding, without check or control, the unlimited reources of his empire.
Page 13 - Whereupon the said Attorney General of our said Lord the King, who for our said Lord the King in this behalf...
Page 333 - But if any body of men were to go to the theatre with the settled intention of hissing an actor, or even of damning a piece, there can be no doubt that such a deliberate and preconcerted scheme would amount to a conspiracy, and that the persons concerned in it might be brought to punishment.

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