I beseech you to implore every Friend in Boston by every thing dear and sacred to Men of Sense and Virtue to avoid Blood and Tumult. They will have time enough to dye. Let them give the other Provinces opportunity to think and resolve. Rash Spirits that would by their Impetuosity involve us in insurmountable difficulties will be left to perish by themselves despised by their Enemies, and almost detested by their Friends. Nothing can ruin us but our violence. Reason teaches this. I have indubitable Intelligence, dreadful, as to the Designs against us; consolotary, if we are but prudent.

–Samuel Adams to James Warren, 21 May 1774 (p. [v])

The quotation from Samuel Adams prefaces the following out-of-print book:

Resistance, Politics, and the American Struggle for Independence, 1765-1775,

Walter H. Conser, Jr., Ronald M. McCarthy, David J. Toscano, and Gene Sharp, eds., Lynne Rienner: Boulder, CO, 1986, 565 pp.

The quotation below is from chapter 1, p. 6:

There is a Mode of Conduct, which in our very critical Circumstances we wou’d wish to adopt, a Con¬duct, on the one Hand, never tamely submissive to Tyranny and Oppression, on the other, never degenerating into Rage, Passion, and Confusion.”

–Middlesex County Convention resolution

30-31 August, 1774

(A link to approximately eleven pages of excerpts follow with the authors permission)


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