In 1695 the Press was emancipated from its thraldom, and the office of licenser ceased to exist.
I know nothing of the licenser, but that I have his own hand here for his arrogance; who shall warrant me his judgment?
The way also in which the powers of the licenser are administered is, to say the least, puzzling.
The licenser's keenness in scenting a political allusion oftentimes, indeed, entailed upon him much and richly-merited ridicule.
The Commons complain that the amount of the fee which the licenser may demand is not fixed.
The whole objection to the licenser is simply that he is under no regulations whatever.
The powers of the licenser were now much more strictly exercised, and the Mercuries gave up the ghost in shoals.
The Revolution cost him his office as licenser, and the remainder of his life was spent in obscurity.
On two occasions he got into trouble with the licenser for attacks, real or supposed, upon the policy of the Government.
(a) In your opinion should not every play be seen by the licenser, duly acted, with the costumes, before a licence can be granted?