Thursday, December 24, 2009

Three Trials of William Hone

Hone’s commitment to advancing political reform by publishing pamphlets ridiculing the government resulted in three famous court trials. In December 1817, Hone underwent three consecutive trials on three different days for three parodies he published: one of the Church of England Catechism (including the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments); one of the church of England Litany; and one of the Athanasian Creed. Hone was charged with printing and publishing libelous and scandalous materials against the Christian religion

LC 9:317

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