was then appointed to prepare the
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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
roused his friends throughout the Province.
No more ‘complaining,’ thus he wrote to James Warren
; ‘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
, 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
‘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,