John Peter Zenger's The New York Weekly Journals

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On October 22, 1734 the Governor William Cosby ordered for the Public burning of some of John Peter Zenger 's journals entitled: The New York Weekly Journals. Since the Journal’s said so much about the affairs of the Governor, the journals became extremely popular and were purchased by the majority of people living in New York City. To the Governor this event was looked at as a disturbance of the peace. Zenger 's Journals were said to have contained false accusations against the governor and therefore were in violation of bringing contempt toward the government itself. Only the Journals 7, 47, 48, and 49 contained Libel. These particular journals were immediately seized and destroyed by the common hangman and whipper. The desecration
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