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The grand prompter of popular inroads upon the Constitution is the licentious Press; the true friends, therefore, of the liberty of the Press are the most inveterate enemies of its licentiousness. They know that this liberty and licentiousness cannot long co-exist, but must the one, infallibly, exterminate the other. The advocates of popular encroachment have, for some time past, been indefatigable in their endeavours to destroy, root and branch, this invaluable liberty. They have promoted a licentiousness of writing which it makes the heart ache to hehold; they have committed sacrilege on all that is sacred ; instilled contempt for all that is venerable; enjoined disobedience to all that are in authority; preached up every theory that is visionary, and applauded every practice that is innovating.---In fact, they have spared no paiņs to rend asunder all the bonds without which, the social state cannot one inoment endure.

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For want of being vigorously and constantly kept in check, they have been enabled to give the labours of the Press a suicidal impulse---to inoculate their victim with the slow poison which kills by inches. The workings of this poison they persevere in representing as the soundest symptoms of health ; and have so far perverted the common sense of their dupes, as to make them consider disease health, and health disease. The Press is diseased, and the crisis of its complaint will be fatally accelerated, if we any longer trifle with the malady, or scruple to administer the cure. Thę reasoning which would persuade us that the conflict of writing elicits, truth, to its universal dissemination, is: utterly erroneous: lamentable experience teaches that the mischievous, direction of the Press has created a vast body of exclu. sive readers, who may be said, morally speaking, to have lived on poisons till the very sight of wholesome food has: become intolerable in their eyes.


Again, it is urged, the very violence of such and such writings defeats its own object. If there be any truth in my remarks on the subject of exclusive readers, as far as they are concerned this theory will immediately fall to the ground. This violence is the ambient putrescence which breeds and nourishes the swarm: it forms a fetid atmosphere, from which alone they can inhale the vital food of their existence. This violence, moreover, tends to operate as a premium upon calculating, as opposed to casual misconduct. The intriguing character, finding that personalities are, generally speaking, synonimous terms, with libels and lies, begins to lose all dread of public exposure. He beholds. the good confounded with the bad; and because only liable to stand in the same predicament with one who is foully and falsely aspersed, basely, yet without fear, acts on the anticipation of being coupled with him in the instinctive and instantaneous exculpation of public opinion.

The licentiousness of the Press of the present day is of so sanguinary a cast, that the contemplation of it is perfectly appalling. The execution it does by means of caricaturing alone is incalculable. Caricatures, in fact, are the most efficient and mischievous kind of libel--they are a gratis libel ---to be met with at the corners of the streets, in the mars ket-place, and on the highway---of a pasigraphic nature, he that cannot read his alphabet can read their slanders, and be self-taught in their creed.

You must be thoroughly satisfied that a radical difference exists between caricaturing a public character for some moral crime, or fashionable folly, and that diabolical prostitution of the pen and pencil which, grouping its objects in murderous array, whets the appetite of the lower orders, for nothing short of blood; which, by shedding it in effigy, spreads the call to shed it in earnest; which, in short, by all the soul-harrowing picturings of arbitrary dragoonadings, torturings, and executions on the one hand; and of righteously consummated vengeance on the other; familiarizes the rabble with the cry of “ blood for bloodl;" which thus demonizes their nature, and stimulates to phrenzy a vindictive yearning for retaliation, of which, as long as it is unrealiseil, they are taught to consider themselves, tlagitiously defrauded.

This feature of the licentiousness of the Press is as inodern as it is alien to genuine English feelings---it is a hideous excrescence on the licentiousness of old. If the Powers that be slumber and sleep while he that runs can read the accusation in which they are charged with picking the marrow out of the bones of the poor, trampling on the heartstrings of distress, wrenching their last mite from the widow, and the fatherless,

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