‘’if any person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States’’
‘t’hen such person, being thereof convicted before any court of the United States having jurisdiction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars, and by imprisonment not exceeding two years’’
The Sedition Act 1798
The Sedition Act, passed in preparation for an anticipated war with France, limited speech critical of the Government.
National Archives, General Records of the U.S. Government