Jefferson: Silence False Information by Reason Not by Force

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL

I am … for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.


Source: Thomas Jefferson letter to Elbridge Gerry, 26 January 1799.


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