Excerpt from Memorial for the Bible Societies in Scotland: Containing Remarks on the Complaint of His Majesty's Printers Against the Marquis of Huntley and Others
Printers for Scotland, conform to letters patent under the Union Seal, bearing date 2d November 1785, of which a notorial copy is'herewith produced, that they find it neces sary to complain of encroachments upon a privilege, exclu sively annexed to their oflice, which it is not less their duty than their right to maintain inviolate. The complainers refer to the important trust delegated to them by His Ma jesty, of furnishing, within this part of the United Kingdom, correct impressions of the Holy Bible, and other publications, of which the superintendence forms an inherent and import ant part of the Royal Prerogative. They also consider it proper to state in the outset, that it is more particularly their immediate object and their duty to prevent, by an in terdict from your Lordships, the introduction and sale of Bibles, and other Prerogative Books, printed by or under the authority of the King's Printers in England, or by the delegates of the Universmes of Oxford and Cambridge; who, whatever may be their duties, or their privileges in England, do not appear in a responsible capacity in Scot land; nor have they any right or title to participate within the bounds assigned to the complainers in the profits and emoluments arising from the publications in question. Such profits and emoluments indeed must be regarded as being legally connected with the two-fold object of remunerating the official services and duties of the complainers, and afford ing to them an adequate compensation for the great expendi ture required for maintaining the extensive establishment connected with their office, and for a large capital embarked in it, and which may be justly said, to a considerable extent.
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