The Scotsman, or Edinburgh Political and Literary Journal. [Issue containing long editorial titled 'Trials of William Hone. The rights of juries, and the liberty of the press thrice vindicated.' With extensive reports of the trials.]

'The Scotsman' [reporting and commenting on the three trials of William Hone, 1817] [William Ritchie and Charles Maclaren, editors]
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'No. 49. Saturday, December 27. 1817.' ['Printed for he PROPRIETORS by Abernethy & Walker, Old Bank Close, and Published at No. 347. High Street, opposite St Giles's [Edinburgh].']
SKU: 18849

Folio, 8 pp, paginated 385-392. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with fraying and chipping to extremities. With tax stamp. Printed in three columns, and with the article on Hone covering the entire front page, and more than half of the second page. The reports of the three trials, in smaller type, cover more than three pages, from the last column on the second page to the last colum on the fifth page. They are followed by half a column of 'excellent observations' taken from the Morning Chronicle. Casting an interesting light on the position of a Scottish radical newspaper on the question of the freedom of the British press. The editorial begins 'IT is a trite maxim, but not on that account the less true, that those inflictions which seem, at the time, to rob humanity of hope, frequently lead to results which are at once unexpectedly and highly beneficial to mankind.' Later on asserts that 'There never was a greater victory, either intrinsically or consequentially, than that which has just been obtained by the Juries of London over the Judges of King's Bench, and his Majesty's Attorney-General!'