Date: Boston, June 6, 1768 Illustrious Patriot The friends of Liberty, Wilkes, Peace and good order to the number of Forty five, assembled at the Whig Tavern Boston New England, take this first opportunity to congratulate your Country, the British Colonies and yourself, on your happy return to the land worthy such an Inhabitant: worthy! […]

Date: May 4, 1768 “The Article in the Warrant Viz. ‘To consider of some proper Representations to be made respecting the Difficulties the Trade labour under by means of the late Regulations, and Methods to be taken for our Relief’ was read – whereupon Voted, that Mr. Henderson Inches Joshua Henshaw Esq The Honble. James […]

John Adams – Pettifogger at the Law

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Author: John Adams Date: April 8, 1768 “And the said Joseph Warren agreeing that s[ai]d Phillip may give any special matter in Evidence and in general and upon the said Phillip agreeing that he may wave this plea & [substitute] with that plea of s[ai]d Phillip before pleaded insufficient in law to preclude him s[ai]d […]

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Uncertain Future for Historic Roxbury Warren Homestead

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Date: January 12, 2016 Commentary: The Warren House in Roxbury is currently unoccupied, unmarked as an historic site, and faces an uncertain future. The immediate neighboring structure recently burned due to accident or vandalism, and has been leveled to an empty lot. The address is 130 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119-3233. As of this writing, […]

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I Hear the Voice of the People in Favor of Freedom

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Date: March 14, 1768 “Messieurs Edes & Gill, Please to insert the following. 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 […]

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We Thought it Good Policy to Lay Out as Much Money in Reducing Them to Penury as We Had Expended in Raising Them to Opulence

“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 in the wilds of America; but happily the strangeness […]

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I am Shocked, Shocked, that my First Performance Has Been by Some Applied to his Excellency Gov. Bernard

Date: March 7, 1768 “Messieurs Edes & Gill, Please to insert the following. 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, […]

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A Found Heart is the Life of the Flesh but Envy the Rottenness of the Bones

Author: Observator, a Loyalist 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 is much easier […]

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Infamous Detestable Virulent Scrawl

Author: Butler, a pseudonymous Loyalist writer “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 – J—t in a […]

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The Devil May Be the Lord’s Anointed

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Date: February 29, 1768 “Messieurs Edes & Gi[ll,] Please to insert the following. 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 […]

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