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. THE IMPROPRIETY OF ATTEMPTING TO
SUPPRESS IS BY PENAL LAWS.
A Late PROCLAMATION against Seditious Pública.
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, he dares to tell.
To be fold by W. BERRY, South Bridge, and J. Gu.
THRIE, Nicolson's Street, Edinburgh: BRASH and
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 unsealonabile, but superfluous. The writer of this heartily wilhes thas their view of the matter migbt be tound to be right. He confesses that he was long dispoted to entertain the sa ne opinion. He could not persuade himicelt that a people who had once, tafted ibe iweets and advantages of a happier system, should ever be capable of relinquiihing there for a yoke of all others the most ignominious and galling. Recalling to remembrance the croud of name. less 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 accustomsd 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 periecarion fhould in any degree focur, or that Britons should ever he in danger of lofing acquaintance with their darling liberty, or their high. estination for it; or that they Should tamely fuffer any purlion of it either to be folen or wrefted from them.
He has, however, lived long enough to see cause to als ter his opinico on this bead. There are not wanting too