Williams was tried for sedition in publishing Thomas Paine’s work.
Mr Kyd acted for Mr Williams.
Lord Kenyon said,
‘I cannot sit in this place, and hear this kind of discussion’.
Mr Kyd replied,
‘My lord, I stand here on the privilege of an advocate in an English court of justice: this man has applied to me to defend him; I have undertaken his defence: and I have often heard your lordship declare, that every man has a right to be defended; I know no other mode by which I can seriously defend him against this charge, than that which I am now pursuing; if your lordship wish(es) to prevent me from pursuing it, you may as well tell me to abandon my duty to my client at once’.
Lord Kenyon then said,
‘Go on sir.’
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