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"I would have these orations collected and printed in volumes, and then write the history of the last
forty-five years in commentaries upon them.”

JOHN ADAMS, in 1816.
“The precious spark of liberty had been kindled and was preserved by the Puritans alone ; * *.
and it was to this sect that the English owe the whole freedom of their constitution.” DAVID HUME.

SECOND EDITION ENLARGED.

BOSTON:
JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY.

CLEVELAND, OHIO:
JEWETT, PROCTOR & WORTHINGTON.

1853.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852,

BY JAMES SPEAR LORING, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

STEREOTYPED BT

HOBART & ROBBINS,
NEW EXGLAND TYPE AND STEREOTIPE FOUNDERY,

BOSTON.

A WORD TO THE READER.

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The editor, after a careful research, pursued with an intense devotion during a period of nearly four years, presents this volume to the public, and here takes occasion to dedicate its pages to the glorious memory of Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Thomas Cushing, a noble triumvirate, and among the foremost of the great promoters of the American Revolution. Aspiring to no higher claim than that of editor, he remarks, in addition to what has been stated at the close of the introduction on the Boston Massacre, — of which event Daniel Webster emphasizes, “ from that moment we may date the severance of the British empire,”— that he has embodied a great mass of materials in relation to our own political and national history, after poring over valuable manuscripts, newspapers printed for more than a hundred years past, every variety of periodicals, pamphlets, and a multitude of other authorities essential to the completion of his design. The editor has generally been careful to cite authorities; but sometimes through inadvertence, sometimes for the reason that writers have adopted the language and statements of others as original, he has not

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