The Trial of John Peter Zenger
1735

THE DEBT FREE MEN OWE TO FREE SPEECH
-Stanley Katz: 1972 Introduction to A Brief Narrative of the Cafe and Tryal of John Peter Zenger by James Alexander (1736)



JOHN PETER ZENGER'S NEW YORK WEEKLY JOURNAL for June 3, 1735
Printed While Imprisoned

The Monday after his arrest the "Journal" did not appear, and in the next number he issued the following notice:

"To all my Subscribers and Benefactors who take my weekly Journall. Gentlemen, Ladies and Others; AS you last week were Disappointed of my Journall, I think it Incumbent upon me, to publish my Apoligy which is this. * I was Arrested, taken and Imprisoned * whereupon I * had not the Liberty of Pen, Ink, or Paper, or to see, or speak with People... I have had since that time the Liberty of Speaking through the Hole of the Door, to my Wife and Servants... and I hope for the future by the Liberty of Speaking to my servant thro' the Hole of the Door of the Prison, to entertain you with my weokly Journall as formerly.

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