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education, and independent spirit, qualified him to stand foremost
in the arduous opposition to parliamentary measures, and boldly
to counteract a system which his penetration saw calculated to
hold America in a long and abject dependence on a foreign

In these occasional extracts, he appears in the charac-
ter of Brutus; his time, his fortune, his happiness, and his life were
sacrificed at the shrine of freedom. There is a tribute of gratitude due
to his name, which his associates and his contemporaries were always
ready to pay, and when the pen of the historian gives a larger transcript
of character, his name will be recorded among the first patriots
who have perished in their struggles for freedom to others, while them
selves have expired on the sable theatre of human misery.

Both history and satire must also bring forward names that
but from their infamy might have slept forever in oblivion. One of
this description who lived in these miserable times, was a Mr Sewall,
who from a needy barrister at law rose suddenly in the scale of
preferment in consequence of laborious defence of the administration
of the Governors Hutchinson and Bernard. None of the venal tribe
of scribblers in their cause, drew the quill of the porcupine with more applause of his party or more advantage to himself. He was a man
of insinuating address and specious manners, but devoid of prin
ciple, either in religion or politics; artful and indefatigable, the
weekly papers teemed with the incense he offered the idols of his
party, and the abusive epithets showered on the name of ev
ery friend to his country. Afterwards, as a reward, he was appoint
ed Attorney General for the Massachusetts, and Judge of Ad
miralty for Halifax, with a sinecure of six hundred pounds
sterling per annum. His rancourous publications were still
discovered under a variety of signatures, none of which were more
remarkable than Philolethes and Massachusetensis;-- the poison
of the last was antidoted in a masterly manner by Mr John
Adams in a series of papers signed Novanglus.

But a more particular investigation of character or
circumstances in this place, would lead the writer beyond her
original design, which was by the above observations to gratify the
curiosity of her sons, with regard to any political tracts they may
find in the cabinet of their mother;-- and if by accident they should
fall into other hands, to apologize; not for the design, which was

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