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[430] Boston,1 pleaded private business and refused to
Chap. XLVIII.} 1772. Nov.
serve; so did Scollay and Austin, two of the Selectmen. The name of James Otis who was now but a wreck of himself, appears first on the list; as a tribute to former services. The two most important members were Samuel Adams and Joseph Warren, the first now recognised as a ‘masterly Statesman,’2 and the ablest political writer in New England; the second, a rare combination of gentleness with daring courage; of respect for law with the all-controlling love of liberty. The two men never failed each other; the one growing old, the other in youthful manhood; thinking one set of thoughts; having one heart for their country; joining in one career of public policy and action; differing only in this, that while Warren still clung to the hope of conciliation, Adams ardently desired, as well as clearly foresaw, the conflict for Independence.

On the third of November, the Boston Committee of Correspondence met at the Representatives' chamber, and organized itself by electing the truehearted William Cooper its clerk. From that moment it constituted a body, called into being by the people, possessing their confidence, and exercising, as occasion demanded, the powers of a legislative and of an executive Council. They next, by a unanimous vote, gave each to the others the pledge of ‘honor, not to divulge any part of the conversation at their meetings to any person whatsoever, excepting what the Committee itself should make known.’

1 S. Cooper to B. Franklin, 15 March, 1773; Franklin, VIII. 37; Hutchinson to John Pownall, 19 April, 1773; Boston Gazette, 918, 2, 2, and other letters.

2 John Adams: Works, IV. 84.

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