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FREEDOM OF WRITING;
THE IMPROPRIETY OF ATTEMPTING TO
SUPPRESS I C BY PENAL LAWS.
A Late PROCLAMATION against Seditious Publica.
tions, and the measures consequent upon it;
In the aspect_they bear to Religious LIBERTY,
and ECCLESIASTICAL REFORM.
By a North British Protestant.
What Britons dare to tbink, be dares to tell.
To be fold by W. Berry, South Bridge, and J. Gue
THRIE, Nicolson's Street, Edinburgh: BRASH and
P R E F A C E. Hist. -Sotheran
Grant 5- 23-25 . 11760 A N attempt to vindicate the freedom of the humaa mind, and the liberty of the Press, in an age whea moderation seemed to have gained the ascendant in the greater part of Europe. especially in such a nation as Britain, may appear to fome, not only unseasonable, but fuperfluous. T be writer of this heartily wishes that their view of the matter might be tound to be right. He confesses that he was long disposed to entertain the farne opinion. He could not perfuade himielt that a people who had once, tafted ibe iweets and advantages of a happier fyftem, should ever be capable of relinquishing there for a yoke of all others the most ignominious and galling. Recalling to remembrance the croud of naineless evils which the restraint of civil and religious liber. ty had formerly introduced, the coldly price at which is was acquired, and being every day accustomed to hear its praises celebrated, almost in every book, and by every tongue, he scarce thought it polible, that, in our days, the old frenzy of tyrannical impofition and perfecution fhould in any degree focur, or that Britons lhould ever he in danger of lofing acquaintance with their darling liberty, or their high eftiination for it; or that they Should tamely fuffer any purtion of it either to be ftolen or wrested from them.
He has, however, lived long enough to see cause to al ter his opinion on this bead. There are not wanting too