Need for a Presidential Printer and Gazette

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Date April 23, 1800
Author Name John Adams (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Unknown Recipient (primary)
Summary President Adams discusses the need for an official President's printer and a government gazette..
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; President of the United States; Mr Strahan; Justice Buller; King of England;
Related Places Philadelphia; Europe; England; France; London; Westminster Hall; Great Britain; ;
Keywords heads of department; subject; honor dignity & consistency of the government; gazette; service; government; printer; revolution; patent; editor; lawyers; judges; prima facie evidence; courts of justice; matters of State & of the public acts of government; published; crown; acts; public; credit; high misdemeanor; royal authority; king's proclamations; articles of war; addresses; king; answers; matters of State; native public; court of law; parallel; considerations; minds; Secretaries; requests their opinions; present desultory manner of publishing the laws; executive departments; disgraceful to the government.;
Key Phrases The President must issue proclamations, articles of war, articles of the navy & must make appointments in the army, navy, revenue & other branches of public service & these ought all to be announced by authority in some acknowledged gazette. The laws ought to be published in the same. It is certain, that a President's printer must be restrained from publishing libells, & all paragraphs offensive to individuals, public bodies, or foreign nations, but need not be forbid advertisements. The gazette need not appear more than once or twice a week. 1st Whether a printer can be appointed by the president either with or without the advice & consent of the Senate [?] 2d. Whether a printer can be obtained without salary or fees for the profit which might be made by such a gazette? 3d. Where shall we find such a printer?
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