state advertisement tax, saw no problem with the national postal duty. His only comment was that the bill provided for the establishment of a post road from Worcester to Providence, Rhode Island. 74 Clearly, at least in Massachusetts, distance from the government in question made a difference in evaluating the issue of a free press and how much it needed protection. Other states that supported amending the new Constitution included protection for the press among their suggestions, but none of them made a big issue of their concern. A centerpiece of the Constitution for modern-day journalists apparently made it into the law of the land more by accident than plan. Only after its adoption would the press provision of the First Amendment acquire importance in the arena of civil liberties and freedom of expression.