ID: 25964
Dorset Lent Assizes, 1822.

TRIAL: REX VERSUS BOURNE,, Dorset Lent Assizes, 1822. Rex versus Bourne, printer and publisher of the Weymouth, Poole, and Dorchester Gazette, for a libel. Weymouth: printed by J. Commins, 77, St. Mary-Street, for Thomas Bourne. [1822].

8vo., (2) + ii + (9)-100pp., recently well bound in cloth, spine gilt lettered. A very good copy.

The full report of a libel trial, the defendant, a Mr. Thomas Bourn[e], being charged with publishing defamatory material in his own local newspaper thus libelling a Rev. Dr. John Dupre D.D. by referring to him as the 'Spanish Monk'. Bourne was actually acquitted. There is an interesting reference to Thomas Bourne in a contemporary issue of The Republican> newspaper (edited by Richard Carlile). It comes in the transcript of a letter from 'Q' to Richard Carlile in Dorchester Gaol, and is dated 'Bridport, Jan. 16, 1825'. 'About 5 years ago, a paper was first printed at Weymouth, under the title of the Weymouth, Poole, and Dorchester Gazette, Mr. Thomas Bourn, the proprietor. It was then in the independent interest; but Mr. Bourn's finances, not holding out, he decided to make over the concern to, his father-in-law, Capt. Bennett. After a few months of civil war, the whole of the materials were disposed of, to Messrs. G. Clark, jun. W.M. Penny, and D.C. Higgs of Dorchester, who immediately changed its principles. .....'. And Richard Carlile added the comment that he hopes 'my Dorset friends will soon get over this nonsense about independent> and ministerial interest,> and learn to compare by and to reason upon, correct political principles.' Richard Carlile was incarcerated in Dorchester gaol from November 1819 to November 1825.