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Addison, Alexander (1759-1807) Liberty of speech, and of the press: a charge to the grand juries of the county courts of the fifth circuit of the state of Pennsylvania

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04072 Author/Creator: Addison, Alexander (1759-1807) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Broadsides Date: January 1799 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Article by Alexander Addison supporting the Sedition Act. Document is ripped along the side.

People: Addison, Alexander, 1759-1807.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Law, Sedition, Journalism, Civil Rights, Bill of Rights

Sub Era: The Early Republic