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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 6, 10th edition. 1 1 Browse Search
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its maturity, to awaken a sufficient number in the colonies to so grand an undertaking. Nothing, however, should be despaired of. We have nothing, he continued, to rely upon but the interposition of our friends in Britain, of which I have no expectation, or the last Appeal. Ultima ratio. Samuel Adams' Papers. Letter to Arthur Lee, 27 Sept. 1777, from the draft. Compare in Hutchinson's Papers, III. 236, letter of 30 Sept, 1771. Hutchinson's Papers, III. 242, 243 and 233, letters of 9 Oct. 1771. The tragedy of American freedom is Oct. nearly completed. A tyranny seems to be at the very door. They who lie under oppression deserve what they suffer; let them perish with their oppressors. Could millions be enslaved if all possessed the independent spirit of Brutus, who to his immortal honor, expelled the tyrant of Rome, and his royal Chap. XLVII.} 1771. Oct. and rebellious race? The liberties of our country are worth defending at all hazards. If we should suffer them to be w