Author: John Adams Date: July 21, 1805,-referring to events of 1768 or 1769 “I was solicited to go to the Town Meetings and harrangue there. This I constantly refused. My Friend Dr. Warren the most frequently urged me to this: My Answer to him always was “That way madness lies.” The Symptoms of our great […]

Date: April 13, 1764 Author: John Adams “My dearest We arrived at Captn. Cunninghams, about Twelve O’Clock and sent our Compliments to Dr. Perkins. The Courrier returned with Answer that the Dr. was determined to inoculate no more without a Preparation preevious to Inoculation. That We should have written to him and have received Directions […]

Date: 1800s, referring to 1764 Author: John Adams “In the Winter of 1764 the Small Pox prevailing in Boston, I went with my Brother into Town and was inocculated under the Direction of Dr. Nathaniel Perkins and Dr. Joseph Warren. This Distemper was very terrible even by Inocculation at that time. My Physicians dreaded it, […]

Author: A True Patriot, pseudonym Date: March 14, 1768 “With Pleasure I hear the general Voice of this People in favor of freedom; and it gives me solid satisfaction to find all orders of unplaced independent men, firmly determined, as far as in them lies, to support their own Rights, and the Liberty of the […]

Author: X., a Loyalist pseudonym Date: March 18, 1768 “London, December 19. From the Public Ledger. To the Printer. If the People of Great Britain were not as remarkable for inconsistency as for any other of their distinguishing characteristics, one would be tempted to imagine them possessed of worse minds, than the most barbarous savages […]

Date: March 7, 1768 “My first performance, has by a strange kind of compliment, been by some applied to his Excellency Gov. Bernard. It is not for me to account for the construction put upon it. Every man has a right to make his own remarks, and if he satisfies himself, he will not displease […]

Date: March 7, 1768 Author: Butler, probably a pseudonym “The scandalous, factious, threatning Piece, – nay the infamous, detestable virulent scrawl in Edes and Gill’s last Monday’s paper – that so truly deserved the censure of the lower – as well as the upper –, I find was explained away by – C—y and – […]

Date: March 7, 1768 Author: Observator, a pseudonym “I Observe in the Boston Gazette of the 29th of Feb. last [a] piece signed a True Patriot; — if scolding without reasoning, or alledging facts without proving them will intitle a man to the appellation of a true Patriot, he is justly intitled to it.  It […]

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, […]

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 […]