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resolved to oppose the Stamp Act, even if it should tend to the destruction of the union of America with Great Britain.
At Boston, Otis declared, that the original equality of the species was not a mere chimera.
Otis in Boston Gazette. Joseph Warren, a young man whom nature had adorned with grace, and manly beauty, and a courage that would have been rash audacity had it not been tempered by self-control, saw clearly that the more equal division of property among the people, tended also to equalize and diffuse their influence and authority; and he uttered the new war-cry of the world—freedom AND
chap. XXIV.} 1766. Mar. equality.
Joseph Warren to Edmund Dana, 19 March, 1766. Death, said he, with all its tortures, is preferable to slavery.
The thought of independence, said Hutchinson despondingly, has entered the heart of America.
Hutchinson to Thomas Pownail, March, 1766.
Virginia had kindled the flame; Virginia had now the honor, by the hand of one of her sons, to