Source: This was prepared as a letter to the editor for newspaper publication by a committee of historical reenactors. In reflecting upon the History Channel’s popular miniseries Sons of Liberty, first  aired January 25-27, 2015, the letter raises several interesting points regarding the depiction of history in fiction, academic historians’ participation in pop culture, and [...]

Date: mid-to-late 1775 and showing the 1776 date. An Account of the Commencement of Hostilities between Great Britain and America, in the province of Massachusetts Bay, by the Rev. Mr. William Gordon, of Roxbury, in a letter to a gentleman in England. [Continued from part I, found here] Before Major Pitcairn arrived at Lexington signal [...]

Resistance which the Laws of God and Nature Justified – Part I

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Date: mid-to-late 1775 and showing the 1776 date. An Account of the Commencement of Hostilities between Great Britain and America, in the province of Massachusetts Bay, by the Rev. Mr. William Gordon, of Roxbury, in a letter to a gentleman in England. This colony, judging itself justified of the undoubted right to the chartered priveleges [...]

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Nothing Less than a Non-Importation and Non-Exportation Will Prevent Bloodshed Two Months Longer

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[to Samuel Adams, en route to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia] “Boston, 21 Aug. [1774] My Dear Sir, – I received yours from Hartford, and enclose you the vote of the House, passed the 17th of June. I shall take care to follow your advice respecting the county meeting, which, depend upon it, will have [...]

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Every Artifice that Hell can Suggest and Human Power Can Execute

“Joseph Warren to the Preston Committee Boston, Aug. 24, 1774. Gentlemen, -We received by Capt Belcher your letter of the 20th, and the sum of money you were kind enough to send for the support of our poor.  It gives us pleasure amidst our sufferings to find our Brethren determined to assist and support us [...]

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Madness and Haranguing at Boston Town Meeting

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Author: John Adams Date: 1800s 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 Friend [...]

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Boston Must Be Entered Despite My Interests in That Town

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“Worcester, April 24, 1775. Monday Evening. Gentlemen: Mr. S. Adams and myself, just arrived here, find no intelligence from you, and no guard. We just hear an express has just passed through this place to you, from New York, informing that administration is bent upon pushing matters; and that four regiments are expected there. How [...]

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We Have Use of Those Fine Cannon

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“MASSACHUSETTS COMMITTEE OF SAFETY TO NEW-YORK, COMMITTEE. Cambridge, April 30, 1775. It has been proposed to us to take possession of the Fortress at Ticonderoga. We have a just sense of the importance of that fortification, and the usefulness of those fine cannon, mortars, and field-pieces which are there; but we would not, even upon [...]

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The Trial Lasted Four Days

“Last week an interesting case came on before the Superior Court now sitting here, wherein D. Joseph Warren, administrator on the estate of Nathaniel Wheelwright, Esq; late of Boston, deceased, was plaintiff, for the recovery of part of the estate which the said Nathaniel had made over to Charles W. Apthorp, Esq:-The trial lasted four [...]

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Scurrilous Abuse upon the Characters of Ten Principal Patriots

Date: March 18, 1775 “…A certain Reverend Doctor of the Establish’d Church in this town lately said that he would rather wade up to his knees in blood, than that the Ministry should give way. An officer, with men from the 4th Regiment in Barracks at West Boston, erected a couple of tents just at [...]

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