Edmund Freeman (printer)

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Edmund Freeman (1764–1807) was a printer and publisher in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 18th century. He published the Boston Magazine and the Herald of Freedom newspaper. He worked with Loring Andrews as "Freeman and Andrews, printers, State-Street, north side State-House."[1][2] As editor of the Herald of Freedom, he was sued for libel in 1790 by Massachusetts legislator John Gardiner; Freeman won the case.[3][4]

Freeman came to Boston from Sandwich, Massachusetts.[5] He married Elizabeth Pattee (died 1866); children were William Freeman (1797–1829) and Ann Freeman (1798–1857).[6] He died in 1807, at age 43.[7]


From: Candid Considerations on Libels by "a friend to harmony" (Boston: printed by E. Freeman and L. Andrews, 1789)
  1. ^ Boston Directory, 1789
  2. ^ WorldCat
  3. ^ William Nelson. Notes toward a history of the American newspaper. NY: C.F. Heartman, 1918
  4. ^ John Gardiner (1737–1793) was the son of Silvester Gardiner and the father of John Sylvester John Gardiner; cf. T. A. Milford. The Gardiners of Massachusetts: provincial ambition and the British-American career. UPNE, 2005
  5. ^ Joseph Tinker Buckingham. Specimens of newspaper literature: with personal memoirs, anecdotes, and reminiscences, Volume 1. Redding and Co., 1852. Google books
  6. ^ Frederick Freeman. Freeman Genealogy, in Three Parts. Boston: Franklin Press: Rand, Avery & Co., 1875
  7. ^ Poulson's American Daily Advertiser, Aug. 7, 1807

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  • From the Centinel. Proceedings on the Examination of the Printer of the Herald. Herald of Freedom, Date: 02-12-1790
  • Massachusetts. Boston, February 1. Vermont Journal, and the Universal Advertiser; Date: 02-17-1790.
  • [Account of the trial]. Herald of Freedom; Date: 03-04-1791.
  • Supreme Judicial Court; trial for a libel: Commonwealth vs. Freeman. Herald of Freedom; Date: 03-11-1791
  • Trial for a Libel. Middlesex Gazette (Connecticut); Date: 03-26-1791