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Title: The first trial of William Hone, on an ex-officio information. At Guildhall London, December 18, 1817, befor Mr Justice Abbott and a special jury, for publishing a parody on the late John Wilkes's Catechism of a ministerial member. + The second trial of William Hone .... At Guildhall, London, December 19, 1817, before Lord Ellenborough and a special jury, for publishing a parody, with an alleged intent to ridicule the Litany, and libel the Prince Regent, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.
Description: London, Printed by and for William Hone, 67 Old Bailey, 1817-1818. 8th & 2nd ed. 8vo. 2 vol.in 1. 48-45, [3] pp. New cloth (a few small repairs; first and last page of each pamphlet dusty) William Hone (1780 - 1842) was a writer, satirist and bookseller. His victorious court battle against government censorship in 1817 marked a turning point in the fight for British press freedom. (...) In April 1817 three ex-officio informations were filed against him by the attorney-general, Sir William Garrow. Three separate trials took place in the Guildhall before special juries on 18, 19 and 20 December 1817. The first, for publishing The Late John Wilkes's Catechism of a Ministerial Member (1817), was before Mr Justice Abbot (afterwards Lord Tenterden); the second, for parodying the litany and libelling the Prince Regent in The Political Litany (1817), and the third, for publishing the Sinecurist's Creed (1817), a parody on the Athanasian Creed, were before Lord Ellenborough. The prosecution took the ground that the prints were harmful to public morals and brought the prayer-book and even religion itself into contempt. The real motives of the prosecution were political: Hone had ridiculed the habits and exposed the corruption of those in power. He went to the root of the matter when he wished the jury "to understand that, had he been a publisher of ministerial parodies, he would not then have been defending himself on the floor of that court." In spite of illness and exhaustion Hone spoke on each of the three days for about seven hours. Although his judges were biased against him, he was acquitted on each count, and the result was received enthusiastically by immense crowds inside and outside the court.[2] During this time, William Hone was considered the most famous man in England." (Wikipedia). The third trial not present in this volume.

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