1731 Benjamin Franklin-“Apology for Printers,”

In the U.S., Benjamin Franklin responds to criticisms about printing controversial essays by various authors in his Pennsylvania Gazette by issuing an “Apology for Printers,” which he then regularly reissues.

Footnote: 
Brands, H.W. The First American. Anchor Books, 2000. p115.
Year of Apology: 
1731
Month of Apology: 
June
To: 
Various authors and the general public
From: 
Benjamin Franklin