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Bill' passed, permitting the truth to be given in evidence, and referring it to the jury to decide whether the defendant was actuated by malice, or by a defire for the good of the community. These fucceffive alterations of the law are now admitted to have operated beneficially— not only being favourable to free discussion, but really tending to restrain the licentiousness of the press. Candour however requires the confession that they were attended with some hazard, and we must not confound excessive caution with bigotry or a love of arbitrary government. The great problem for free states now to consider is, how journalism is to be rendered consistent with public tranquillity and the stability of political institutions. A licenser can never more be endured': and against a journal which daily excites to insurrection and revolution, a prosecution of the proprietor or printer for a libel — to be heard before a jury after the lapse of several monthsaffords no adequate remedy. If the great capitals of Europe are to be constantly in a state of siege,' we may be driven to regret the quiet old times when Royal Gazettes, announcing court appointments, were the only periodicals.” — See Lord Campbell's Lives of the Chief Justices (Lord Mansfield), vol. ii. p. 544.

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Bill' passed, permitting the truth to be given in evidence, and referring it to the jury to decide whether the defendant was actuated by malice, or by a desire for the good of the community. These fucceffive alterations of the law are now admitted to have operated beneficially-not only being favourable to free discussion, but really tending to restrain the licentiousness of the press. Candour however requires the confeffion that they were attended with some hazard, and we must not confound excessive caution with bigotry or a love of arbitrary government. The great problem for free states now to consider is, how journalism is to be rendered consistent with public tranquillity and the stability of political institutions. A licenser can never more be endured: and against a journal which daily excites to insurrection and revolution, a prosecution of the proprietor or printer for a libelto be heard before a jury after the lapse of several months— affords no adequate remedy. If the great capitals of Europe are to be constantly in a state of fiege,' we may be driven to regret the quiet old times when Royal Gazettes, announcing court appointments, were the only periodicals.”—See Lord Campbell's Lives of the Chief Justices (Lord Mansfield), vol. ii. p. 544.

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