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1700-1800: Subdued freedom II
Sententie van den hove van Holland
Sententie van den hove van Holland tegens Jacob Campo Weyerman. Gepronuncieert den 22 July 1739
('s-Gravenhage, Paulus en Isaac Scheltus,
) [Verdict of the Court of Holland against Jacob Campo Weyerman. Issued on 22 July 1739]
The prolific writer, painter, newspaper publisher and journalist Jacob Campo Weyerman (1677-1747) ended his life in a gaol in The Hague in 1747. He had been imprisoned there since 1739, after being sentenced by the Hof van Holland (the major court of law in Holland) to life imprisonment, at his own expense. This was an exceptionally severe punishment.
Campo Weyerman was a master in exploring the boundaries of freedom of expression. He was not afraid to insult and even to defame persons and institutions.
The verdict states, among other things, that for many years Campo Weyerman, often writing under a false name, had used his weekly journals, books and other texts to attack persons, towns, regions as well as the Dutch East India Company, in discourteous and defamatory terms.
Call number:
PM 17112