Each year from 1772 to 1775, massive gatherings of men, women and children were held at Old South Meeting House to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Massacre, with rousing speeches by patriots John Hancock, Benjamin Church and Dr. Joseph Warren. Join us to hear selected excerpts of these speeches, performed by an inter-generational group […]

Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017 Author: Sara Salinas, Boston Globe Correspondent “While city officials look to bring new life to City Hall Plaza, a group of local historians is calling for a memorial to the life once lived under the bricks. Historians have mapped the approximate location of the former home of Joseph Warren, a […]

“Naturally Impelled to Acts of Treachery” – Dr. Benjamin Church’s 1773 Boston Massacre Oration in Full Text

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An ORATION; delivered March 5th, 1773, at the Request of the INHABITANTS of the TOWN of BOSTON; to Commemorate the bloody TRAGEDY of the FIFTH of March, 1770. By Dr. BENJAMIN CHURCH. Impius haec culta novalia miles habebit? Barbarus has segetes? En quo Discordia cives Perduxit miseros? En queis consevimus agros?    Virgil.  Ecl. I. O […]

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1772 Boston Massacre Oration – Full Text

Date: March 5, 1772 quis talia fando/Myrmidonum, Dolopumve, aut duri miles Ulyssei, /Temperet a lacrymis. (Vergil, Aeneid Bk. II, 6-8)  When we turn over the historic page, and trace the rise and fall of states and empires, the mighty revolutions which have so often varied the face of the world strike our minds and with […]

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Lovell’s 1771 Boston Massacre Oration in Full Text – Slaves Envy the Freedom of Others and Take a Malicious Pleasure in Contributing to Destroy It

by James Lovell Omnes homines natura Libertati student, et CONDITIONEM Servitutis oderunt. Caes. —: Nunc ea petit, quae dare aullo modo possumus, nisi priùus volumus nos bello victos confiteri. Cic. At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, in Town Meeting assembled, by Adjournment, on Tuesday the 2d Day […]

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Desperate Plea to New York

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“Cambridge, June 4, 1775. May it please your Honours: We beg leave to represent to you the peculiar distresses of this Colony, being assured that you will, as the wise guardians of the lives, liberties, and properties of the whole of this extensive Continent, attend to the several circumstances of all who, under God, look […]

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The Only Rightful and Constitutional Council of this Province

Date: September 26, 1774. “At a Meeting of the Freeholders of this town, on Wednesday, the 21st instant, at Faneuil Hall, the following gentlemen were chosen to represent them in the General Assembly, to be held on the 5th of next month, viz: the Honourable Thomas Cushing, Esquire, Mr. Samuel Adams, the Honourable John Hancock, […]

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In Spite of the Lion’s Skin the Ass Betrays Himself by His Braying

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Date: July 16, 1767 Author: Democritus, a pseudonymous writer sharing Joseph Warren’s condemnation of Dr. Thomas Young “Why really Hippocrates you should have better consulted the Character you assumed: In spite of the Lion’s Skin, the Ass betrays himself by his braying; who could have guessed that such exalted Merit as Dr. Young would be […]

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Invade the Silent Grave, Tear Up the Peaceful Dead, and Fill the Mouth With Lies

Author: Dr. Thomas Young Date: July 20, 1767 To Philo Physic. To what degree of distraction you will at last arrive appears as hard to guess, as what ‘left-handed destiny’ first set you on scribbling! Could any man out of bedlam have indulged the fancy of setting his prevailing adversary on so ridiculous a fairy-chase?  […]

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Convocation Prayer of the First Continental Congress

Author: Jacob Duché Date: September 7, 1774 “O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on […]

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