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For the next two years current polities chiefly were the theme of his anonymous contributions to the press. In March and April, 1823, under the signature of ‘One of the People,’ he wrote three articles for the Herald1 under the title of ‘Our Next Governor,’ and warmly advocated the election of Harrison Gray Otis, as one who, in the numerous positions which he had already occupied, had ‘conferred lasting honor on Massachusetts, being one of the brightest constellations in her political horizon.’ His final article was one of glowing panegyric of Otis, and impassioned appeal to his ‘fellow-electors’ to rally to the polls. ‘Upon you, then, fellow-electors, much is depending—the liberties of the people! And on Monday next arise in the greatness of your might, and cease not from the most strenuous exertions till you repose in the lap of victory!’

In spite of this eloquence, Otis was defeated by Eustis,2 the Democratic candidate, to the intense disgust of his youthful advocate, who next turned his attention to foreign politics. Under the title of ‘A Glance at Europe,’ and under his old signature of ‘A. O. B.,’ he contributed in April and May three articles, remarkably3 well written for a boy of seventeen, on the ‘mad project of France, backed by the Holy Alliance, in attempting to restore Ferdinand of Spain to his throne, . . . and subjugating the people into an ill-timed acquiescence.’ A single passage from the second article shows that even at that early age he had acquired the vigor of characterization and power of invective which were afterwards to be used against domestic tyranny:

‘The Holy Alliance, from its first formation, has met 4 throughout Europe and America with that general burst of indignation which it justly merits. It is the grand engine of destruction by which to extirpate the rights and privileges of nations, and to dig up and destroy the seeds which Liberty has planted. It is a Royal Banditti, leagued together for the unhallowed purpose of robbing the world of its richest treasure, and placing in its stead the sceptre of tyranny. It is a combination of military despots, brought together and cemented with the atrocious intention ’

1 March 14, and April 1 and 4, 1823.

2 Wm. Eustis.

3 N. P. Herald, April 22, May 2 and 16, 1823.

4 N. P. Herald, May 2, 1823.

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