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Extraordinary North Briton (Newspaper) - August 20, 1768, London, Middlesex EXTR THE AO R DIN AR Y NORTH BRITON By W--- M- NUMBER XV. To be continued Weekly. SATURDAY, August 20th, 1768. [Price Three Pence. 'Tis a peculiar happinefs of the times > when a man may think as he pleafes, and /peak as he thinks. ' To the RfohtHonoura&IeWilliam Lord Mansfield, Lord Chief jufrke of the\ Court of King\r Bench, and} one �-of his Majejlys moft Honour able Privy Council. My LORD, * [ MUST beg your Lordfhip to pardon the freedom witk which I fliall addrefs you in this paper; as fpeaking and writing without fear or reltraint, are the great privileges of a free people. The liberty of the prefs, my Lord, is the greateft blefiing we can'enjoy : what nation can be faid to be free, where all writings mull be examined and approved before they are printed; and I can fee little difference between that, and the Chief Juftice of the King's Bench having power of granting attachments upon information and oath of a common informer (who is employed) when his conduct & called in question, and imprifoning people during his pleafure, for a contempt of court, as it is termed; and whatever is disapproved by him, may be faid to be a contempt of court. In all free ilates, my Lord, the people have a juft -right to difctifs publicly the proceedings of adminiflration, and the determinations of judges and magistrates. Suppofe, my Lord, a- Chief Juftice an
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