The Devil May be the Lord’s Anointed

in by Warren

Date: February 29, 1768

Author: A true Patriot, pseudonym

May it please you –, We have for a long Time known your Enmity to this Province.  We have had full Proof of your Cruelty to a loyal People.  No Age has perhaps furnished a more glaring Instance of obstinate Perseverance in the Path of Malice, than is now exhibited in your –.  Could you have reaped any Advantage from injuring this People, there would have been some Excuse for the manifold Abuses with which you have loaded them.  But when a diabolical Thirst for Mischief is the alone Motive of your Conduct, you must not wonder if you are treated with open Dislike; for it is impossible, how much soever we endeavour it, to feel any Esteem for a Man like you – Bad as the World may be, there is yet in every Breast something which points out the good Man as an Object worthy of Respect, and marks the guileful treacherous Man-hater for Disgust and Infamy. –

            Nothing has ever been more intollerable than your Influence upon a late Occasion, when you had by your jesuitical Insinuations, induced a worthy Minister of State, to form a most unfavorable Opinion of the Province in general, and some of the most respectable Inhabitants [in] particular.  You had the Effrontery to produce a Letter from his Lordship, as a Proof of your Success in calumniating us. – Surely you must suppose we have lost all Feeling, or you would not dare thus tauntingly to display the Trophies of your Slanders, and, upbraidingly, to make us sensible of the inexpressible Misfortunes which you have brought upon us. – But I refrain, lest a full Representation of the Hardships suffered by this too long insulted People, should lead them in an unwarrantable Revenge.  We never can treat good and patriotic Rulers with too great Reverence – But it is certain that Men totally abandoned to Wickedness, can never merit our Regard, be their Stations ever so high.

           ‘If such Men are by God appointed,

The Devil may be the Lord’s anointed.’

A true Patriot.”

Source: Boston Gazette [Note: Italics as originally printed]

Commentary: The closing words of this attack on Governor Francis Bernard, likening him to a devil and undermining the authority that appointed him, enraged the governor and Loyalist Friends of Government.

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