History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  The Sedition Act Trials — Historical Background and Documents
Historical Documents

The Sedition Act

Debate on the sedition bill

Justice William Paterson's charge to the Lyon grand jury

Indictment of Matthew Lyon

Matthew Lyon statements cited in the indictment

"To the Public," by Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper's plea

Opening arguments in Cooper trial

James Callender's The Prospect Before Us

Trial Arguments of Thomas Nelson

Justice Samuel Chase's charge to the Callender jury

James Madison's report

Alexander Addison, "Liberty of Speech and of the Press"

George Hay, "Hortensius" essay on freedom of speech

Charles Pinckney, "On the Election of the President of the United States"

 

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