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[426] ‘has pointed the mode of relief from Moabitish op-
Chap. XLVIII.} 1772. Oct.
pression; prayers and tears with the help of a dagger. The Lord of light has given us the fit message to send to a tyrant: a dagger of a cubit in his belly; and every worthy man who desires to be anEhud, the deliverer of his country, will strive to be the messenger. This great people may seek a redress of their grievances, with the spear and the lance, at that glorious seat of justice where Moses brought the Egyptian, and Samson the Philistines.’1

The mind of Samuel Adams rose serenely alike above lukewarm indifference and the morbid frenzy of passion. His stern will, guided by light from an eternal source, was never led astray by anger, and never faltered from despondency. ‘America may assert her rights by resolves,’ insinuated Cushing; ‘but before enforcing them, she must wait to grow more powerful.’ ‘We are at a crisis,’ was the answer; ‘this is the moment to decide whether our posterity shall inherit liberty or slavery.’

A new petition, signed by one hundred and six inhabitants,—explaining how the judges would be corrupted into political partisans by their complete dependence—prevailed with the selectmen, and a meeting of the town of Boston was summoned for the twenty-eighth of October.

The day came. ‘We must now strike a home blow,’

said the Boston Gazette, ‘or sit down under the yoke of tyranny. The people in every town must instruct their representatives to send a remonstrance to the ’

1 Edward Sexby, in Boston Gazette, 12 Oct. 1772. 914, i. 1, 2, 3. ‘He’ [Josiah Quincy, Jr.] ‘wrote, among other essays, those under the signature of “Edward Sexby.” ’—Quincy's Quincy, 67.

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