Friends, Countrymen, and Fellow Citizens of Britain

in by Warren

Author: A True Patriot, pseudonym

Date: December 28, 1767

“Friends, countrymen, and fellow-citizens” of Britain!  “A very little time will convince you that my sole motive for addressing you, was the hearty good wishes, and sincere desire I ever shall have of” serving myself.  “At that time I” tho’t “I saw nothing but hurry and confusion taking place” – “many mouths open” – “threats high against the officers that were expected over to regulate the trade” – “Watchers were employed to give intelligence of their arrival” – “all was hurry and confusion I say” – at least in my head – “that was the time I first” and last “addressed you, my countrymen,” “and these are the laudable motives by which I am actuated”, “and these alone shall be the Basis of my future proceedings.”  “Desolation almost satiated herself in the time of the Stamp-Act, to the immortal shame and irreparable injury of my country.”  Actuated by these dreams and visions in my late cold night-walking, I determined to dub myself the True Patriot of North-America, and to sally out with my bow, arrow, and spear, against those “princely gentry the Junto, in frocks and trowsers.”  “And if I have not stopped their virulence, I have checked their vehemence, and broke their measures.”  And having sufficiently provoked them, according to my usual custom, beg a truce, and promise on the word of “the true Patriot, and in conformity to this declaration, that for the sake of restoring peace and harmony,” “I will not till next Thursday or Monday answer any of the Junto or Cabal,” “let them be ever so irritating in the mean time.”

A True Patriot.”

Source: Boston Gazette

Commentary: After an absence of over six months from writing pseudonymous political newspaper op-ed pieces as Paskalos, this may be Warren’s playful return. Apparently impersonating a loyalist writer of previous months – A True Patriot of Swanzey – he lampoons the Friends of Government writer and his opponent’s positions by providing a collage of quotes from previously published Tory letters, rearranged to twist their meaning to render them ridiculous. In subsequent letters Warren co-opted the pseudonym A true Patriot in the Boston Gazette, distinguishing himself from the similarly named Tory writer by his distinctly Whig content and the more subtle lower case in “true.”

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