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1857 edition. Excerpt: ...prosecutor who stated his case with so
much art and ingenuity--wrought up his argument with such
pains--wandered into so large a field of declamation--or altogether
performed his task in so elaborate and eloquent a fashion as the
Attorney-General has done upon the present occasion. I do not blame
this course. I venture not even to criticise the discretion he has
exercised in the management of his cause; and I am far indeed from
complaining of it. But I call upon you to declare that inference
which I think you must already have drawn in your own minds, and
come to that conclusion at which I certainly have arrived--that he
felt what a labouring case he had--that he was aware how very
different his situation to-day is from any he ever before knew in a
prosecution for libel--and that the extraordinary pressure of the
difficulties he had to struggle with, drove him to so unusual a
course. He has called the defendant "that unhappy man." Unhappy he
will be indeed, but not the only unhappy man in this country, if
the doctrines laid down by my learned friend are sanctioned by your
verdict; for those doctrines, I fearlessly tell you, must, if
established, inevitably destroy the whole liberties of us all. Not
that he has ventured to deny the right of discussion generally upon
all subjects, even upon the present, or to screen from free inquiry
the foundations of the Established Church, and the conduct of its
ministers as a body (which I shall satisfy you are not even
commented on in the publication before you). Far from my learned
friend is it to impugn those rights in the abstract; nor indeed
have I ever yet heard a prosecutor for libel--an Attorney-General
(and I have seen a good many in my time), whether of our Lord the
King or our Lord of...
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Baron Henry Brougham Vaux
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