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Hilliard, Gray, 1847

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第 56 頁 - Otis was a flame of fire : with a promptitude of classical allusions, a depth of research, a rapid summary of historical events and dates, a profusion of legal authorities, a prophetic glance of his eyes into futurity, and a rapid torrent of impetuous eloquence, he hurried away all before him. American independence was then and there born. Every man, of an immense crowded audience, appeared to me to go away as I did, ready to take arms against writs of assistance.
第 64 頁 - Now one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house. A man's house is his castle ; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege.
第 56 頁 - Every man of an immense crowded audience appeared to me to go away as I did, ready to take arms against writs of assistance. Then and there was the first scene of the first act of opposition to the arbitrary claims of Great Britain. Then and there the child Independence was born.
第 57 頁 - the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty, and the fundamental principles of law, that ever was found in an English law book ;" since they placed " the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.
第 180 頁 - An Appeal to the World; or a Vindication of the Town of Boston, from Many false and malicious Aspersions contained In certain Letters and Memorials, written by Governor Bernard, General Gage, Commodore Hood, the Commissioners of the American Board of Customs, and others, and by them respectively transmitted to the British Ministry.
第 312 頁 - When I gave it you,' said he, ' I never expected to receive it again, but thought it would be of service to your brother and you. I had many omens of my death — but God has been pleased to preserve a life which was never valuable to me, and yet in the continuance of it, I thank God I can rejoice.
第 376 頁 - He was asked how he escaped and whether he had any letters but, denying his having any, was strictly searched and the letter found and he upon being pardoned confessed that he had received money to deliver it to the Frenchman for the letter was not directed. The Frenchman denied his knowing...
第 57 頁 - I will to my dying day oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand, and villainy on the other, as this writ of assistance is.
第 217 頁 - Dunkirk had been entirely razed and destroyed : that the nation had received full and complete satisfaction for the depredations committed by the natives of Spain : that more care was taken in disciplining the militia, on whose...
第 110 頁 - Otis is a man of consequence among the people there. They have chosen him for one of their deputies at the Congress and general meeting from the respective governments. It was said, the man is mad. What then ?