“To Arthur LEE, Esq., London. Boston, April 3, 1775. Dear Sir, Your favor of the 21st of December came opportunely to hand, as it enabled me to give the Provincial Congress, now sitting at Concord, a just view of the measures pursued by the tools of the Administration, and effectually to guard them against that [...]

[to His Excellency General Gage] “Cambridge, April 20, 1775. Sir, – The unhappy situation into which this colony is thrown gives the greatest uneasiness to every man who regards the welfare of the empire, or feels for the distresses of his fellow-men: but even now much may be done to alleviate those misfortunes which can­not [...]

A Grateful Sense for Your Exertions in the Cause of Freedom

Benjamin Franklin by David Martin 1767

“Boston, April 3, 1775. Sir, – Altho’ I have not the pleasure either of a personal or epistolary acquaintance with you, I have taken the liberty of sending you by Mr. Dana a pamphlet which I wish was more deserving of your notice. The ability and firmness with which you have defended the Rights of [...]

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Inhabitants of Montreal Have Done Worthily

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Date:  March 15, 1775. “Messrs. James Price and Alexander Hay, at Montreal. Gentlemen, -So handsome a donation as £100. 4s., accompanied by such an animating letter from our brethren at Montreal, cannot fall to excite the warmest gratitude in the breast of every one who wishes prosperity and freedom to his country. The committee to [...]

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A Proficient in True Puritanic Whine

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Date: March 15, 1775 Author: Dr. Thomas Bolton An Oration delivered March Fifteenth, 1775. At The Request of a Number of the Inhabitants of The Town of Boston             Ye Friends to justice, equity, and truth,             Ye Foes to falsehood, treason, and rebellion,             – – – – – – – With patience hear [...]

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Your Deadly British Balls Don’t Intimidate Me

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Date: Concerning Boston Massacre Oration of March 6, 1775 [A British officer] “ostentatiously playing with a couple of musket balls, which he occasionally threw up and caught in his hand…the speaker seemed absorbed in his subject and indifferent to everything except his theme…” Source: Austin, James T. The Life of Elbridge Gerry with Contemporary Letters. [...]

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A Physically Disabled Daughter of Liberty?

[To Mrs. Dix of Worcester, Massachusetts] Boston December 10th [1776] Tell your good Mama Ive seen the people about the cake pans but as she did not tell me how many she wanted I did not chuse to take them till I hear from her – they have about a dozen and half – she [...]

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1772 Boston Massacre Oration – Full Text

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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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Land of Liberty, Seat of Virtue, Asylum of the Oppressed, a Name and Praise in the Whole Earth – 1772 Boston Massacre Oration Highlights

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Date: March 5, 1772 “In young and new formed communities, the grand design of this institution is most generally understood, and most strictly regarded; the motives which urged to the social compact, cannot be at once forgotten, and that equality which is remembered to have subsisted so lately among them, prevents those who are clothed [...]

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If General Gage Should Lead his Troops into the Country, Great Britain May Take her Leave of New-England and All of America

 [Joseph Warren to Arthur Lee] “Boston, Feb. 20, 1775. Dear Sir, -My friend, Mr. [Samuel] Adams, favored me with the sight of your last letter. I am sincerely glad of your return to England, as I think your assistance was never more wanted there than at present. It is truly astonishing that Administration should have [...]

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