Date: February 2, 1767
It appears by the Papers of last week, that several of the alphabet have been greatly moved at what they conceive wrote in favor of Philanthrop, and, as in the depth of their penetration they have found out, by his own pen.
The visible and invisible world have been called in upon the occasion, and they would perswade us there has wrath in heaven as well as on earth gone out against “the abominable Philanthrop,” and his “wicked labors,” and all such as appear in his favor. They exult over the poor man as “lying under a mistake” with respect to a circumstance that not all affected the matter in debate, as though he had forged the whole story; and suggest Philanthrop at length finds his cause sinking, & wishe he could find means to desert it.
Not so easily cowed neither Mr. E. E. nor disposed to cry for quarter, unless the battle appeared more against us. All I desired was, that the number of the combatants might be reduced, as it was manifest some of them might be spared without any injury to their own side. But if they are disposed to keep the field they are welcome, and may have opportunity for action till the “pious proposal” be complied with, of which I would entertain some hope, as there is “no objection to it,” and should be very well pleased to have the “ungrateful subject drop,” in consequence of such a compliance.”
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; F.F., February 2, 1767; Roger D. Coverly, February 2, 1767; Friend of the Province, March 9, 1767.
Commentary: Tory colleagues of Philanthrop ridicule Whig op-ed writers such as Warren’s Paskalos. The Boston Evening Post generally published Tory and Loyalist writings; Edes and Gill’s Boston Gazette published Whig pieces.