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Samuel Adams was then appointed to prepare the

Chap. XLVIII.} 1772. Nov.
statement of the rights of the colonists; and Joseph Warren of the several grievous violations of those rights; while Church, who between such men could not go astray, was directed to draft a letter to the other towns.1 Meantime Adams roused his friends throughout the Province. No more ‘complaining,’ thus he wrote to James Warren of Plymouth; ‘it is more than time to be rid of both tyrants and tyranny;’ and explaining ‘the leading steps,’ which Boston had taken, he entreated the co-operation of the old Colony.

The flame caught.2 Plymouth, Marblehead,3 Roxbury,4 Cambridge, prepared to second Boston. ‘God grant,’ cried Samuel Adams, ‘that the love of liberty, and a zeal to support it, may enkindle in every town.’ ‘Their scheme of keeping up a correspondence through the Province,’ wrote Hutchinson in a letter which was laid before the King,5 ‘is such a foolish one, that it must necessarily make them ridiculous.’6

After the report of the Boston Committee was prepared, Otis was appointed to present it to the town.7 As they chose on this last great occasion of his public appearance to name him with the honors of precedence, history may express satisfaction, that he whose eloquence first awakened the thought of resistance,

1 Journals of the Committee of Correspondence, 3 November, 1772.

2 James Warren of Plymouth, to S Adams, 8 Nov. 1772.

3 Elbridge Gerry to S. Adams, 10 Nov. 1772, and 17 Nov. 1772.

4 S. Adams to Elbridge Gerry, 14 Nov. 1772.

5 Dartmouth to Hutchinson, 6 January, 1773.

6 Hutchinson to the Secretary of the Board of Trade, 13 Nov. 1772.

7Samuel Adams had prepared a long report, but he let Otis appear in it.’ Hutchinson to Gage, 7 March, 1773.

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