In 1758, Dr Shebbeare, was pilloried[1] for writing a libel against the then King under a Whig administration. He stood in triumph. The people entertained him with applause. At another time, J. Williams, bookseller, was pilloried for publishing a libel against his Majesty George the Third, under an administration charged with Toryism: the people made a collection for him. At another time, W. Beckford, Lord Mayor of London, replied extempore, in an unprecedented and affrontive manner, to a speech from the throne: the citizens put up his statue in Guildhall. Shame did not then, I think, follow the finger of the law.

[1] 2 Bur. 792

RP Book 3 Chapter 3 Section 2