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Accomack (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): entry otis-james
Otis, James 1725- Statesman; born in West Barnstable, Mass., Feb. 5, 1725; graduated at Harvard University in 1743, and studied law with Jeremiah Gridley. He began the practice of his profession at Plymouth, but settled in Boston in 1750, where he soon obtained a high rank as a lawyer and an advocate at the bar. Fond of literary pursuits, and a thorough classical scholar, he wrote and published Rudiments of Latin prosody in 1760, which became a text-book at Harvard. He entered public life as a zealous patriot and gifted orator when the writs of assistance (q. v.) called forth popular discussion in 1761. He denounced the writs in unmeasured terms. At a town-meeting in Boston in 1761, when this government measure was discussed by Mr. Gridley, the calm advocate of the crown, and the equally calm lawyer Oxenbridge Thacher, the fiery Otis addressed the multitude with words that thrilled every heart in the audience and stirred every James Otis. patriotic feeling of his hearers in
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): entry otis-james
therein became a leader of the popular party. In 1764 he published a pamphlet entitled The rights of the colonies vindicated, which attracted great attention in England for its finished diction and masterly arguments. Otis proposed, June 6, 1765, the calling of a congress of delegates to consider the Stamp Act. He was chosen a delegate, and was one of the committee to prepare an address to the Commons of England (see Stamp act Congress). Governor Bernard feared the fiery orator, and when Otis was elected speaker of the Assembly the governor negatived it. But he could not silence Otis. When the ministry required the legislature to rescind its circular lehan the most valuable prerogatives of his crown; and as it is in opposition to a kind of power the exercise of which in former periods of history cost one king of England his head, and another his throne. I have taken more pains in this cause than I ever will take again; although my engaging in this and another popular cause has r
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): entry otis-james
n Otis was elected speaker of the Assembly the governor negatived it. But he could not silence Otis. When the ministry required the legislature to rescind its circular letter to the colonies, requesting them to unite in measures for redress (Massachusetts), Otis made a speech which his adversaries said was the most violent, abusive, and treasonable declaration that perhaps was ever uttered. He carried the House with him, and it refused to rescind by a vote of 92 to 17. In the summer of 1769 ightning. Standing at his door at Andover during a thunder-shower, he was instantly killed by a lightning-stroke on May 23, 1783. Writs of assistance. The following is the substance of an address by Mr. Otis before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts in February, 1761: May it please your honors,—I was desired by one of the court to look into the books and consider the question now before them concerning writs of assistance. I have accordingly considered it; and now appear, not only
West Barnstable, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): entry otis-james
Otis, James 1725- Statesman; born in West Barnstable, Mass., Feb. 5, 1725; graduated at Harvard University in 1743, and studied law with Jeremiah Gridley. He began the practice of his profession at Plymouth, but settled in Boston in 1750, where he soon obtained a high rank as a lawyer and an advocate at the bar. Fond of literary pursuits, and a thorough classical scholar, he wrote and published Rudiments of Latin prosody in 1760, which became a text-book at Harvard. He entered public life as a zealous patriot and gifted orator when the writs of assistance (q. v.) called forth popular discussion in 1761. He denounced the writs in unmeasured terms. At a town-meeting in Boston in 1761, when this government measure was discussed by Mr. Gridley, the calm advocate of the crown, and the equally calm lawyer Oxenbridge Thacher, the fiery Otis addressed the multitude with words that thrilled every heart in the audience and stirred every James Otis. patriotic feeling of his hearers in
Canaan, N. H. (New Hampshire, United States) (search for this): entry otis-james
e to no person for his doings. Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul. In the third place, a person with this writ, in the daytime, may enter all the houses, shops, etc., at will, and command all to assist him. Fourthly, by this writ, not only deputies, etc., but even their menial servants, are allowed to lord it over us. What is this but to have the curse of Canaan with a witness on us; to be the servant of servants, the most despicable of God's creation? Now one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house. A man's house is his castle; and, while he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Customhouse officers may enter our houses when they please; and we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servant
Lucius Robinson (search for this): entry otis-james
able declaration that perhaps was ever uttered. He carried the House with him, and it refused to rescind by a vote of 92 to 17. In the summer of 1769 he published an article in the Boston Gazette which greatly exasperated the customhouse officers. He was attacked by one of them (Sept. 9), who struck him on the head with a cane, producing a severe wound and causing a derangement of the brain, manifested at times ever afterwards. Otis obtained a verdict against the inflicter of the wound (Robinson) for $5,000, which he gave up on receiving a written apology. In 1777 Otis withdrew to the country on account of ill-health. He was called into public life again, but was unable to perform the duties; and finally, when the war for independence (which his trumpet-voice had heralded) had closed, he attempted to resume the practice of his profession. But his death was nigh. He had often expressed a wish that his death might be by a stroke of lightning. Standing at his door at Andover duri
Otis, James 1725- Statesman; born in West Barnstable, Mass., Feb. 5, 1725; graduated at Harvard Universityd every heart in the audience and stirred every James Otis. patriotic feeling of his hearers into earnest acnd for its finished diction and masterly arguments. Otis proposed, June 6, 1765, the calling of a congress of. Governor Bernard feared the fiery orator, and when Otis was elected speaker of the Assembly the governor negatived it. But he could not silence Otis. When the ministry required the legislature to rescind its circular em to unite in measures for redress (Massachusetts), Otis made a speech which his adversaries said was the mos of the brain, manifested at times ever afterwards. Otis obtained a verdict against the inflicter of the woun he gave up on receiving a written apology. In 1777 Otis withdrew to the country on account of ill-health. H The following is the substance of an address by Mr. Otis before the Supreme Court of Massachusetts in Febru
Jeremiah Gridley (search for this): entry otis-james
Otis, James 1725- Statesman; born in West Barnstable, Mass., Feb. 5, 1725; graduated at Harvard University in 1743, and studied law with Jeremiah Gridley. He began the practice of his profession at Plymouth, but settled in Boston in 1750, where he soon obtained a high rank as a lawyer and an advocate at the bar. Fond of literary pursuits, and a thorough classical scholar, he wrote and published Rudiments of Latin prosody in 1760, which became a text-book at Harvard. He entered public lifea zealous patriot and gifted orator when the writs of assistance (q. v.) called forth popular discussion in 1761. He denounced the writs in unmeasured terms. At a town-meeting in Boston in 1761, when this government measure was discussed by Mr. Gridley, the calm advocate of the crown, and the equally calm lawyer Oxenbridge Thacher, the fiery Otis addressed the multitude with words that thrilled every heart in the audience and stirred every James Otis. patriotic feeling of his hearers into
Francis Bernard (search for this): entry otis-james
sentative in the Massachusetts Assembly, and therein became a leader of the popular party. In 1764 he published a pamphlet entitled The rights of the colonies vindicated, which attracted great attention in England for its finished diction and masterly arguments. Otis proposed, June 6, 1765, the calling of a congress of delegates to consider the Stamp Act. He was chosen a delegate, and was one of the committee to prepare an address to the Commons of England (see Stamp act Congress). Governor Bernard feared the fiery orator, and when Otis was elected speaker of the Assembly the governor negatived it. But he could not silence Otis. When the ministry required the legislature to rescind its circular letter to the colonies, requesting them to unite in measures for redress (Massachusetts), Otis made a speech which his adversaries said was the most violent, abusive, and treasonable declaration that perhaps was ever uttered. He carried the House with him, and it refused to rescind by a v
enge, no man, no court can inquire. Bare suspicion without oath is sufficient. This wanton exercise of this power is not a chimerical suggestion of a heated brain. I will mention some facts. Mr. Pew had one of these writs, and when Mr. Ware succeeded him, he endorsed this writ over to Mr. Ware; so that these writs are negotiable from one officer to another; and so your honors have no opportunity of judging the persons to whom this vast power is delegated. Another instance is this: Mr. Justice Walley had called this same Mr. Ware before him, by a constable, to answer for a breach of the Sabbath-day acts, or that of profane swearing. As soon as he had finished, Mr. Ware asked him if he had done. He replied, Yes. Well, then, said Mr. Ware, I will show you a little of my power. I command you to permit me to search your house for uncustomed goods ; and went on to search the house from the garret to the cellar; and then served the constable in the same manner! But to show another a
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