more glaring bare-faced nonsense than

to say, “ That the very support of a free 1 « constitution requires the Extinction of

« the Press ;" that is, the Extinction of the only Means of knowing what we are as Men and Christians; what our natures are capable of ; what is our just happiness, and how we ought to be treated by our governors ; that is, by those whom we have entrusted with the management of our interests and con. cerns ! · I hope it will never be this nation's misfortune to fall into the hands of an adminiftration that do not from their souls abhor any thing that has but the remotest tendency towards the erection of a new and arbitrary jurisdiction over the

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press.: or can otherwise look upon any attempt that way, than as the greatest impiety, the cruelleft, the wickedest, the most irreligious thing that can be imagined. Would it not be sacrilegiously robbing God of the only worship he delights in, “the worship of the heart and “ understanding ?” Can there be Religion or Virtue without Reason, Thought, and Choice? Or can Reason, Thinking, Knowledge, and Choice, subfist without the only conceivable means of making men wife and and understanding, rational, and virtuous ? What is the kingdom of Christ? doth not our Saviour delight in calling it Light, and a Kingdom of Light? And what did he come to destroy but the kingdom of


darkness? And can there be a kingdom of light, without the liberty, the unconstrained liberty, of diffusing light and knowledge? What is the Reformation, or whai does it mean, but the Liberty, the absolute and perfect Liberty of carrecting and refuting errors, and of undeceiving mankind? What is it that we call PROTESTANTISM, but a resolution itedfastly and undauntedly to oppose all encroachments upon rational Liberty, the Liberty of the judgment and understanding; and to maintain it as our most valuable treasure, our greatest and 10bleft privilege, in comparison of which, all other rights are mean and trilling, and hardly deserve the name of bloffings and advantages? A free Protestant

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Country, without the Liberty of the Press, is a contradiction in terms'; it is free flavery, or inchained Liberty. Light and Darkness are not more oppofite than Liberty and the Deprivation of the means of being rational.. :::

Who, that loves mankind, is not forry that any thing is ever published tending to confound men's understand ing, mislead their judgments, or deprave their morals ? But is there any more likely method for sense to prevail against absurdities, than leaving her at full lio berty to paint them in their native colours ? Can truth be better armed against error than with the mighty blade of uncontrouled Reason? Or virtue more surely triumph over immorality, than by

the the vigorous execution of the truly wholesome laws purposely framed for her fupport? - I hate alt calumny and defamation, as. I hate the corruption of heart, from which alone it can proceed; and do with the utmost zeal deteft those prophaners of Liberty, who pretending to be friends to it, have recourse to such black diabolical methods. But I take the laws. already in force amongst us to be a more than fufficient preservative (at least as far as human prudence is able to pro.. vide) against all the abufive overt-acts I am now expressing my abhorrence of:. and as such we have reason to esteem them very valuable securities of our Liberties and reputations. But because

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