Firebrand, an Incendiary, Who Would set Your Country a Blaze

in about Warren

Date: March 9, 1767

Author: Friend of the Province, a pseudonym

To Paskalos.

As you by a long chain of poisonous suggestions and guilded falsities, have most assiduously attempted to inflame the minds of the people of this province, and irritate them against the G—r, whose firmness of mind dispises such mean arts, painting him in the most odious colors, representing his public character in the most infamous light, without bringing one single fact which can with certainty be relied on in proof of such uncharitable and ungenerous assertions: I do as a man, as a hater of falshood, as a lover of my country, and for the sake of the peace of this province (which you have so long disturbed) call upon you to show me, and prove beyond a doubt, (as in what you have already advanced, in my opinion, you fall very much short of it) one single fact, which can render him worthy of such unrestrained licentious abuse. – If you refuse me this reasonable request, then I and every other man must look upon and esteem you as a Firebrand, an Incendiary, who would set your country a blaze in order to satisfy your ambitious and wicked purposes by the horrid general conflagration.

A Friend to the Province.”

Source: Boston Evening Post

See also: Beezlebub, June 9, 1766; Anonymous, November 24, 1766; Philopatriae, January 12, 1767; Philanthrop, January 12, 1767; C.C., January 12, 1767; Anonymous, February 2, 1767; F.F., February 2, 1767; Rober D. Coverly, February 2, 1767.

Commentary: Warren’s Paskalos fell silent following this sharp condemnation. His next appearance as an op-ed writer was as the ostensibly apolitical Philo Physic in the course of a malpractice controversy between Drs. Miles Whitworth and Thomas Young. Warren treated several prominent Loyalists around this time, including Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson. Coincidence?

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