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THE SPEECHES AT FULL LENGTH OF MR. VAN NESS, MR. CAINES, MR. HARRISON, AND GENERAL HAMILTON, IN THE GREAT CAUSE OF THE PEOPLE, AGAINST HARRY CROSWELL, ON AN INDICTMENT FOR A LIBEL ON THOMAS JEFFERSON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BY ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Publication Date: 1804

This is one of the great pieces on the development of the First Amendment. Croswell's Federalist newspaper, the 'Wasp' accused Jefferson of having paid James Callender, the notorious pamphleteer, to charge Washington and Adams with crimes, to refer to Adams as a 'hoary-headed incendiary' and Washington as a 'traitor, robber and perjure' in Callender's 'The Prospect Before Us.' Hamilton argued that freedom of the press "consists, in my idea, in publishing the truth, from good motives and for justifiable ends, thought it reflects on government, on magistrates, or individuals." #1107

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