Publications, Volume 4

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The Society, 1907 - Local history
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Page 139 - Carr was mortally wounded in the affray, and died March 14 ; he was buried with the others a few days later. The eight soldiers who fired on the people were defended by John Adams and Josiah Quincy, Jr., and six were acquitted by the jury and discharged; the other two were found guilty of manslaughter, " prayed the benefit of the clergy, which was allowed them, and thereupon they were each of them burnt in the hand in open court, and discharged.
Page 74 - One might pass in review the great figures of our revolutionary epoch, one by one, and show that then, seven years before the declaration of independence, there was not a man, except Samuel Adams, who looked forward to it and worked for it. The world generally had not conceived of the attainment of independence as a present possibility. Those who came to think it possible, like Franklin, Dickinson of Pennsylvania, and James Otis, shrunk from the idea as involving calamity, and only tried to secure...
Page 82 - You have my thanks for your constant attention to the business of your department, the manner of its execution, and your ready and pointed compliance with all my orders, and I cannot help adding on this occasion, for the zeal you have discovered at all times and under all circumstances to promote the good of the service in general and the great objects of our cause.
Page 71 - ... contemplated the subject with fixed attention, I beg leave to offer a proposal to my countrymen, viz. that a CONGRESS OF AMERICAN STATES be assembled as soon as possible; draw up a Bill of Rights, and publish it to the world; choose an ambassador to reside at the British Court to act for the united Colonies ; appoint where the Congress shall annually meet, and how it may be summoned upon any extraordinary occasion, what further steps are to be taken, &c.
Page 156 - The (hades of war-worn veterans round him throng, And lead, enwrapt, their honour'd Chief along ! A laurel wreath th...
Page 72 - The true plan of government, which reason and the experience of nations points out for the British empire, is, to let the several Parliaments in Britain and America be (as they naturally are) free and independent of each other, as the Parliaments are in Holland. And as the King is the centre of union, and one-third of the whole legislature, the various parts of the great body politic will be united in him ; he will be the spring and soul of the union, to guide and regulate the grand political machine.
Page 70 - The very important dispute between Britain and America has, for a long time, employed the pens of statesmen in both countries, but no plan of union is yet agreed on between them ; the dispute still continues, and everything floats in uncertainty. As I have long contemplated the subject with fixed attention, I beg leave to offer a proposal to my countrymen...
Page 83 - I am to acknowledge your letter of the 29th of Feb. last. The favorable sentiments of a good man, and one who has executed diligently and faithfully the duties of his station, cannot fail being agreeable. I thank you for your good wishes ; and mine, be assured, towards you, are not less sincere for your happiness and prosperity, in whatever walk of life you may go into.
Page 143 - Attorney•General and Treasurer. Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court. Members of the House of Representatives. Members of the Senate. Sheriff of Suffolk with his Wand. Members of the Council. Quartermaster. His Honor Secretary.
Page 71 - That Great Britain should continue to insult and alienate the growing millions who inhabit this country, on whom she greatly depends, and on whose alliance in future time her existence as a nation may be suspended, is perhaps as glaring an instance of human folly as ever disgraced politicians or put common sense to the blush.

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