glyph 543: freedom of the press, liberty to write and publish . a power against improper authority ... journalism, a call to a new generation of journalists, perhaps with a forgotten love of liberty, and newly born passionate integrity .... this is worth reading over and over until it sings for you. It will. Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland, 1751


 

The Power of a Free Press — Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

GIVE ME BUT THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS
AND I WILL GIVE TO THE MINISTER A VENAL HOUSE OF PEERS.
I WILL GIVE HIM A CORRUPT AND SERVILE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
I WILL GIVE HIM THE FULL SWING OF THE PATRONAGE OF OFFICE.
I WILL GIVE HIM THE WHOLE HOST OF MINISTERIAL INFLUENCE.
I WILL GIVE HIM ALL THE POWER THAT PLACE CAN CONFER UPON HIM
TO PURCHASE UP SUBMISSION AND OVERAWE RESISTANCE:
AND YET, ARMED WITH THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS,
I WILL GO FORTH TO MEET HIM UNDISMAYED.
I WILL ATTACK THE MIGHTY FABRIC OF THAT MIGHTIER ENGINE.
I WILL SHAKE DOWN FROM ITS HEIGHT CORRUPTION
AND BURY IT BENEATH THE RUINS OF
THE ABUSES IT WAS MEANT TO SHELTER.
—RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN



Complete inscribed quotations from the entry hall of the Chicago Tribune:
http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/223.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Brinsley_Sheridan

http://explorersfoundation.org/glyphery/543.html
August 9, 2014

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