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Receipt to Make a Patriot

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

December 14. –A correspondent gives the following receipt to make a patriot: –Take two drachms of reason and six ounces of resolution; half a pound of eloquence and a pound of logic; three grains of truth and a pound of falsehood; stir them up together in a quart of opposition, with the necessary ingredients of poverty and distress; strain out all the pernicious juice of principle or honesty, and leave the dregs of treachery to settle at the bottom. Thus, after being boiled in the heat of ministerial vengeance, you will have a Modern Patriot. N. B. –If the least use is made of that attracting weed called pension, the compound will instantly dissolve.1


1 Middlesex Journal, December 14.

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