editor at New Haven, who on that morning,
without apology or concealment, issued the Connecticut Gazette
, filled with patriotic appeals; for, said he, “the press is the test of truth, the bulwark of public safety, the guardian of freedom, and the people ought not to sacrifice it.”
Com. Gaz. No. 488, Friday, 1 Nov. 1765.
Nor let the true lovers of their country pass unheeded the grave of Timothy Green
, one of an illustrious family of printers, himself publisher of the New
London Gazette, which had always modestly and fearlessly defended his country's rights; for on Friday, the first day of November, his journal came forth without stamps, and gave to the world a paper from the incomparable Stephen Johnson
, of Lyme
‘The liberty of free inquiry,’ said he,
is one of the first and most fundamental of a free people.
They have an undoubted right to be heard and relieved.
They may publish their grievances; the press is open and free.
We may go on to enjoy our rights and liberties as usual.
The American governments or inhabitants may associate for the mutual defence of their birthright liberties.
A person or people collectively may enjoy and defend their own. The hearts of Americans are cut to the quick by the Act; we have reason to fear very interesting and terrible consequences, though by no means equal to tyranny or slavery.
But what an enraged, despairing people will do, when they come to see and feel their ruin, time only can reveal.
It is the joy of thousands, that there is union and concurrence in a general Congress.
We trust they will also lay a foundation for another Congress.