The reports of Sir Peyton Ventris Kt., late one of the justices of the Common-pleas in two parts : the first part containing select cases adjudged in the Kings-Bench, in the reign of K. Charles II, with three learned arguments, one in the Kings-Bench, by Sir Francis North, when Attorney General, and two in the Exchequer by Sir Matthew Hale, when Lord Chief Baron : with two tables, one of the cases, and the other of the principal matters : the second part containing choice cases adjudged in the Common-pleas, in the reigns of K. Charles II and K. James II and in the three first years of the reign of His now Majesty K. William and the late Q. Mary, while he was a judge in the said court, with the pleadings to the same : also several cases and pleadings thereupon in the Exchequer-Chamber upon writs of error from the Kings-Bench : together with many remarkable and curious cases in the Court of Chancery : whereto are added three exact tables, one of the cases, the other of the principal matters, and the third of the pleadings : with the allowance and approbation of the Lord Keeper an all the Judges.
Ventris, Peyton, Sir, 1645-1691., Guilford, Francis North, 1637-1685., Hale, Matthew, 1609-1676.

Taylor's Case.

AN Information Exhibited against him in the Crown Office, for uttering of divers Blasphemous Expressions, horrible to hear, (viz.) That Jesus Christ was a Bastard, a Whoremaster, Religion was a Cheat; and that he neither feared God, the Devil, or Man.

Being upon this Trial, he acknowledged the speaking of the Words, except the word Bastard; and for the rest, he pretended to mean them in another Sense than they ordinarily hear, (viz.) Whoremaster, i. e. That Christ was Master of the Whore of Babylon, and such kind of Evasions for the rest. But all the Words being proved by several Witnesses, he was found Guilty.

And Hale said, That such kind of wicked Blasphemous words were not only an Offence to God and Religion; but a Crime against the Laws, State and Government, and therefore punishable able in this Court. For to say, Religion is a Cheat, is to dissolve all those Obligations whereby Civil Societies are preserved, and that Christianity is parcel of the Laws of England; and therefore to reproach the Christian Religion, is to speak in Subversion of the Law.

Wherefore they gave Judgment upon him, (viz.) To stand in the Pillory in Three several places, and to pay One thousand Marks Fine; and to find Sureties for his Good Behaviour during Life.