Quote from Thomas Erskine 

"The liberty of the press would be an empty sound,
and no man would venture to write on any subject,
however, pure his purpose, without an attorney
at one elbow and a counsel at the other.
From minds thus subdued by the fear of punishment,
there could issue no works of genius
to expand the empire of human reason."

Quote by:
Thomas Erskine
(1750-1823)
Source:
Trial of John Stockdale, 9 December 1789
 
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