To Philanthrop (IV)

in by Warren

Author: Paskalos, a pseudonym of Joseph Warren

Date: May 4, 1767

Source: Boston Gazette


I can take no pleasure in exulting over a disappointed antagonist; yet you must allow me to remind you of your promise, to attempt a vindication of the G—r’s speeches last May (as you declared yourself to be a person of veracity). The Public have long expected your appearance, but have hitherto been disappointed. – I must, Sir, insist on your fulfilling your engagement, and no time can be so proper as the present. – If you think that the house who were charged with Rebellion, and vilified as Traitors, deserved such treatment, you may (as they are now dissolv’d) freely declare your sentiments of them without fear of punishment. – Moreover, as the anniversary of speech-making is approaching, unless you get thro’ some of your business immediately, it is probable that the next display of your patron’s eloquence will so increase the difficulty of justifying him, that you will be oblig’d for ever to relinquish your generous undertaking. – You also hinted in some of your papers, that you tho’t it possible to explain the paragraphs in his E—y’s letter, quoted by the protesting Lords, in such a manner as to take off every imputation of malicious misrepresentation from Verres. – A copy of that whole letter is now arriv’d, and by comparing that sentence with the other parts of the latter, it is very easy to determine whether the Lords did, or did not misunderstand his E—y. And therefore, now is the most suitable time to set this matter right likewise. But tho’ I so strongly desire to see you step forth as the defender of much injured innocence, yet let gratitude to the Public, who have so patiently borne so much impertinence from you, deter you from making any further parade, until you are prepared to enter upon the grand point in debate – I mean, Philanthrop, the G—r’s speeches delivered here, and his letters sent home.

I am, as far as Decency will permit,

Your’s, Paskalos.”

Commentary: Paskalos tries to provoke Philanthrop, his frequent opponent in the months-long newspaper skirmish, out of silence. Dr. Warren commenced clinical treatment of Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson for a ‘stroke’ on May 1, 1767, the day that Hutchinson was to stand alongside Francis Bernard in convening the General Court.

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