Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 26 November 2022), September 1714, trial of John Harris (t17140908-26).

John Harris, Royal Offences > seditious words, 8th September 1714.

John Harris , was indicted for speaking scandalous Words relating to her late Majesty, viz. God d - n the Queen, she may kiss my A - se . The Evidence was a Constable, who swore, That the Prisoner came raving and swearing along the Street late at Night; and among others, us'd the Words in the Indictment; whereupon he thought it his Duty to secure him. It appear'd upon his Trial, that he was somewhat Lunatick, and had been under Cure for the same; whereupon he was acquitted .