The Eve of the Revolution, Chapter V: A Little Discreet Conduct

It has been his [Thomas Hutchinson’s] principle from a boy that mankind are to be governed by the discerning few, and it has been ever since his ambition to be the hero of the few.–Samuel Adams. We have not been so quiet these five years …. If it were not for two or three Adamses, …

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The Eve of the Revolution: Preface

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In this brief sketch I have chiefly endeavored to convey to the reader, not a record of what men did, but a sense of how they thought and felt about what they did. To give the quality and texture of the state of mind and feeling of an individual or class, to create for the …

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Arnold in Virginia

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II.  Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 13.—A correspondent gives the following narrative of the late incursion made by the British under Arnold, to Richmond, in Virginia:—” On the 31st of December last, a letter from a private gentleman to General Nelson, reached Richmond, notifying …

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The New York Ladies

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From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 6.—In imitation of her Majesty our truly amiable queen, of the noble Marchioness of Granby, and of those six respectable ladies of Westminster, (the owners of the Amazon,) who have respectively equipped private ships of war, lately, at …

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