[Philadelphia: Ross: 1799]. 15, [1 blank] pp. Untrimmed, stitched, light soil and fox. Good+.
Sabin attributes authorship to Chauncey Goodrich, stalwart Connecticut Federalist and brother-in-law of Oliver Wolcott. This House Report rejects criticism of the Alien & Sedition Act, despite claims of its unconstitutional limitation on free speech and the absence of Congressional power to remove aliens. The Report illustrates the rather cramped interpretation of the First Amendment by some early American statesmen.
The Committee concludes that the First Amendment guarantees only the right to publish without prior governmental restraint. Freedom of the press "consists in permission to publish, without previous restraint upon the press, but subject to punishment afterwards for improper publication." Moreover, liberty of the press has never prohibited government from inflicting "punishment on wicked and malicious publications."
FIRST EDITION. Evans 36581. Sabin 69843. Not in Cohen. Item #33803