Extempore on Mr. Laurens

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. The following extempore appeared in the “Public Advertiser,” a short time after Mr. Laurens’ examination:— When Laurens was taken, the Minister blest, Thought his work was all done, and his carcase at rest; But from Dillington fetch’d in a …

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An Imaginary Speech


To the Printer of the Public Advertiser. SIR, In a late Debate, a certain North British Colonel thought proper to recommend himself to the Court, by grossly abusing the Americans. I send you the Answer I should have made to him had I been present when he uttered his Invective, and I rely upon it, …

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A Method of Humbling Rebellious American Vassals

To the Printer of the Public Advertiser. SIR, Permit me, thro’ the Channel of your Paper, to convey to the Premier, by him to be laid before his Mercenaries, our Constituents, my own Opinion, and that of many of my Brethren, Freeholders of this imperial Kingdom of the most feasible Method of humbling our rebellious …

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An Open Letter to Lord North


For the Public Advertiser. To Lord NORTH. My LORD, All your small Politicians, who are very numerous in the English Nation, from the patriotic Barber to the patriotic Peer, when big with their Schemes for the Good of poor Old England, imagine they have a Right to give Advice to the Minister, and condemn Administration …

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On Franklin’s Ingratitude

To the Printer of the Public Advertiser Sir Your Correspondent Brittanicus inveighs violently against Dr: Franklin for his Ingratitude to the Ministry of this Nation, who have conferred upon him so many Favours. They gave him the Post Office of America; they made his Son a Governor; and they offer’d him a Post of five …

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