London: Printed for J. Almon, 1765. Stated third edition, published a year after the first. 8vo, removed pamphlet (no wrappers), 112 pages. Rather soiled and some scattered foxing; traces of old calf spine; a good, sound copy. Item #14381
"In short, one cannot guess what may, or may not, in some unlucky time, be regarded as a libel by some Judge or Attorney-general. The highest or lowest of Authors, the noblests or the most sneaking, the Original or the Copy, the Patriot or the Tool, the Head of a Party or the Amanuensis of a private Junto: in short, the most respectable Commonwealthsman or the paltriests of Coffee-house Listeners and Political Eavesdroppers, may equally chance to fall under this arbitrary brand." A famed defense of freedom of the press dating from the persecution and exile of Wilkes (for his attacks on Bute in the North Briton) with occasional reference to affairs in America. First published under the title An enquiry into the doctrine, lately propagated, concerning libels, warrants, and the seizure of papers. With the half-title. Cf. McCoy F30 & Sabin 104010n.