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unique documents from the Library of that Institution; Mr. William C. Preston of South Carolina, to whom I owe precious memorials of the spirit and deeds of the South. The most valuable acquisition of all was the collection of the papers of Samuel Adams, which came to me through the late Samuel Adams Welles. They contain the manuscripts of Samuel Adams, especially drafts of his letters to his many correspondents, and drafts of public documents. They contain also the complete journals of theSamuel Adams, especially drafts of his letters to his many correspondents, and drafts of public documents. They contain also the complete journals of the Boston Committee of Correspondence, drafts, of the letters it sent out, and the letters. it received, so far as they have been preserved. The papers are very numerous; taken together they unfold the manner in which resistance to Great Britain grew into a system, and they perfectly represent the sentiments and the reasonings of the time. They are the more to be prized, as much of the correspondence was secret, and has remained so to this day. If I have failed in giving a lucid narrative o
ren, the brotherin-law of Otis; and Boston, at the suggestion of Samuel Adams, gave one of its seats to John Hancock, a young merchant of largn May, the Representatives elected James Otis their Speaker, and Samuel Adams their Clerk. Otis was still the most influential Member of the Members of the last year's Board, were not reelected; for, said Samuel Adams, upon the principle of the best writers, a union of the several powers of government in one person is dangerous to liberty. Samuel Adams to Dennys De Berdt, 1766. The ballot had conformed strictly to theght to do so; and the Legislature submitted without a murmur. Samuel Adams to Arthur Lee, 19 April, 1771. Here the altercation should hxpress their indignation. Bernard's speeches fell on the ear of Samuel Adams, as not less infamous and irritating than the worst that ever came from a Stuart to the English Parliament; Samuel Adams to Arthur Lee, 19 April, 1771. and with sombre joy he called the Province happy in
rties. But their secret enemies, some from a lust of power, and others from an inordinate love of money, Candidus [Samuel Adams], in Boston Gazette, 9 Sept. 1771. still restlessly combined to obtain an American army and an American tribute, repreconstituents, whose instructions were strictly regarded. Speaker of Massachusetts House to its Agent, 11 Nov. 1766; Samuel Adams to Dennys De Berdt, 12 Nov. 1766. Yet before the adjournment complaint was made of the new zeal of Bernard in enforcin in force, which has the least appearance of a design to raise a revenue out of them, their jealousy will be awake. Samuel Adams to D. De Berdt, 16 Dec. 1766; and 18 Dec. 1766. At the same time he called across the continent to the patriot most like himself, Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina. Tell me, sir, said he Samuel Adams to Christopher Gadsden, 11 Dec. 1766. of the Billeting Act, whether this is not taxing the Colonies as effectually as the Stamp Act? And if so, either we ha
the House to Dennys De Berdt, 16 March, 1767 The Council, by a unanimous vote, denied his pretensions. The language of the Charter was too explicit to admit of a doubt; Opinion of the Attorney General in England, cited in a Minute relative to Massachusetts Bay, 1767. yet Bernard, as the accomplice of Hutchinson, urged the interposition of the central Government. Men feared more and more the system which Feb Paxton had gone to mature. With unshaken confidence in Hawley, Otis, and Samuel Adams, Freeborn American, in Boston Gazette, 9 March, 1767. they scanned with increasing jealousy every measure that Chap. Xxviii} 1767. Feb. could imply their consent to British taxation. They inquired if more troops were expected; and when the Governor professed, in pursuance of the late Act of Parliament, to have made provision at the Colony's expense for those which had recently touched at Boston Harbor, they did not cease their complaints, till they wrung from him the declaration tha
al evidence: 1. The paper has the style of Samuel Adams. This has been universally admitted. 2. Ih Hollis had also reprinted, was written by Samuel Adams. Here is explicit contemporary authority onever seen it), to be in the handwriting of Samuel Adams; and there is no evidence that any part of ny Massachusetts State Papers to the pen of Samuel Adams, but there is also a report of a conversation between Otis and Samuel Adams, in which Otis, on the last day of June or early in July of this veand in the course of the dispute Otis said to S. Adams, You are so fond of your own draughts that yois document, I possess the draft as made by Samuel Adams with his own hand. Handwriting of itself dttributes the authorship of the Petition to Samuel Adams. Otis, too, used respecting it language ofr debate. A masterly circular letter which Samuel Adams Of this most important paper I possess the draft, in the handwriting of Samuel Adams. Besides that and the evidence of the contemporary let[9 more...]
rs, strengthened with inconceivable supplies of force and constancy by that sympathetic ardor which animates good men, confederated in a good cause. You are assigned by Divine Providence, in the appointed order of things, the protector of unborn ages, whose fate depends upon your virtue. The people of Boston responded to this appeal. In a solemn Meeting, Bernard to Hillsborough, 28 March, 1768. Malcom moved their thanks to the ingenious author of the Farmer's Letters; and Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Warren, were of the committee to greet him in the name of the Town as the Friend of Americans, and the benefactor of mankind. They may with equal reason make one step more; wrote Hutchinson to the Duke of Grafton; they may deny the regal as well as the parliamentary authority, although no man as yet has that in his thoughts. Hutchinson to the Duke of Grafton, 27 March, 1768. Du Chatelet, Du Chatelet to Choiseul, 12 March, 1768; and compare other letters. in England, havi
osed to the loss of chartered privileges and natural rights on concealed accusations? With Chap Xxxiii} 1768. May truer loyalty towards the mother country, Samuel Adams, Samuel Adams to S. de Berdt, 14 May, 1768. through the Agent, advised the repeal of the Revenue Acts, and the removal of a Governor, in whom the Colonies cSamuel Adams to S. de Berdt, 14 May, 1768. through the Agent, advised the repeal of the Revenue Acts, and the removal of a Governor, in whom the Colonies could never repose confidence. But Bernard went on, persuading Hillsborough that America had grown refractory Bernard to Hillsborough, 19 May, 1768. in consequence of the feeble administration of the Colonies during the time of Conway and Shelburne; that it required his Lordship's distinguished abilities Bernard to Hillsbothaniel Rogers, 7 June, 1768. He himself was the cause of his defeat. As the Chap. Xxxiii} 1768. May. Convention were preparing to ballot a second time, Samuel Adams rose to ask whether the Lieutenant-Governor was a pensioner; on which Otis, the other chief head of the faction, stood up and declared that Hutchinson had rece
w Chap. XXXIV.} 1768. June. stones, bricks and dirt at them, alarming them, but doing no serious mischief; and while Samuel Adams, Hancock and Warren, with others, were deliberating what was to be done, a mob broke windows in the house of the Comptdford but not in Prior Documents. was received, it gave courage more than all the rest. This is a glorious day, said Samuel Adams, using words which, seven Chap. XXXIV.} 1768. June. years later, he was to repeat. This is the most glorious day evnt not to import from England. Letter from Hutchinson to Bollas, 14 July, 1768. The House, employing the pen of Samuel Adams Eliot's Biographical Dictionary of New England, sub voce Samuel Adams. without altering a word, reported a letter Samuel Adams. without altering a word, reported a letter Bradford's Massachusetts State Papers, 151; House to Lord Hillsborough, 30 June, 1768. to Lord Hillsborough, in which they showed that the Circular Letter of February was, indeed, the declared sense of a large majority of their body; and express
. Sept. Adams of the necessity of American Independence. From this moment, S. Adams's own statement to a friend in 1775. Ms. he struggled for it deliberately andme the Ministry designed to take off the principal incendiaries. The words of S. Adams are known to have been uttered at or near this time. independent of the colonstablished only by consummate prudence and self-control. On Saturday, Otis, Samuel Adams, and Warren met at the house of Warren, Bernard to Hillsborough, 16 Septeosed a Convention in Faneuil Hall. To this body they elected Cushing, Otis, Samuel Adams, and Hancock, a committee to represent them; and directed their Selectmen to wrote to Hillsborough: Compare Bernard to Hillsborough, 24 Sept. 1768, and S. Adams to De Berdt, Oct. 1768. The Council are desirous to lend a hand to the Conventrliamentary authority. On the side of the Province, no law was violated; Samuel Adams to De Berdt, Oct. 1768. only men would not buy tea, glass, colors, or paper;
Bernard to Hillsborough, 5 Oct. 1768. Major part of Council to Hillsborough, 15 April, 1769. Tyranny begins, said Samuel Adams, Samuel Adams in Boston Gazette, 10 October, 1768. if the law is transgressed to another's harm. It behoves the puSamuel Adams in Boston Gazette, 10 October, 1768. if the law is transgressed to another's harm. It behoves the public to avail themselves of the remedy of the law. It is always safe to adhere to the law. We must not give up the law and the Constitution, which is fixed and stable, and is the collected and long digested sentiment of the whole, and substitute in ithe General's demand for quarters. Not till the barracks are filled, they answered, conforming to the law. Compare Samuel Adams to Dennys De Berdt, Esq., Boston, 3 October, 1768. How absurd and ungrateful, cried Hutchinson. Hutchinson to T. PNov. 1768. The inhabitants of Boston, on their part, resolved not to pay their money without their own consent, Samuel Adams to Dennys De Berdt, 3 Oct. 1768. and were more than ever determined to relinquish every article that came from Britain
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