Dangerous Words

At the height of the French wars, punishments for treason and sedition were enforced far more than in peace time.

William Roberts, of North Bovey, Exeter, for speaking treasonable and seditious words, is sentenced to be imprisoned in the common gaol for the term of one year, during which time he is to stand in the pillory of Moretonhampstead thrice; and at the expiration of his imprisonment to find security for his good behaviour for 2 years, himself in £50 and two sureties in £25 each.- Cambridge Chronicle, 1793

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