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Too many flatter themselves that their pusillanimity is true prudence; but in perilous times like these, I cannot conceive of prudence without fortitude.
Compare Samuel Adams to James Warren of Plymouth, 25 March, 1771. He persever-
Chap. XLVII.} 1771.
June. ed; but John Adams retired from the service of the people, and devoting himself to his profession,
John Adams: Works, II. 260, 301, 302. for a time ceased even to employ his pen in their defence.
John Adams: Diary, June 22, 1771. Otis who had returned to the Legislature, disordered in mind, and jealous of his declining influence, did but impede the public cause.
In Hancock, also, vanity so mingled with patriotism, that the Government hoped to separate him from its uncompromising opponents.
Hutchinson to,——, 5 June, 1771.
The Assembly which for the third year was convened at Cambridge, overruled the advice of Samuel Adams, and was proceeding with business.
Yet it adopted the Protest in which he drew the