The Writings of Samuel Adams— Volume 3

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Author: Samuel Adams

To Arthur Lee.

[R. H. Lee, Life of Arthur Lee, vol. ii., pp. 204, 205.]

BOSTON, May 6th, 1773.

MY DEAR SIR,---My last letter to you I sent by Capt. Symmes, who sailed a few days ago. This town met yesterday, and made choice of their representatives for the year ensuing. Enclosed is a copy of the town’s instructions.1 It is a very common practice for this town to instruct their representatives; which among other good purposes serves to communicate their sentiments and spirit to the other towns, and may be looked upon as fresh appeals to the world. I perceive by the late London newspapers that the governor’s first speech had arrived there, and had been very sensibly remarked upon by Junius Americanus. This warm and judicious advocate for the province I apprehend was mistaken in saying, that the supreme authority of the British parliament to legislate forces has been always acknowledged here; when he reads the answer of the house to the speech, he will find the contrary clearly shown, even from Gov. Hutchinson’s history. What will be the consequence of this controversy, time must discover; it must be placed to the credit of the governor, that he has quickened a spirit of enquiry into the nature and end of government, and the connexion of the colonies with Great Britain, which has for some time past been prevailing among the people. MAGNA EST VERITAS ET PREVALEBIT; I believe it will be hardly in the power even of that powerful nation to hold so inquisitive and increasing a people long in a state of slavery.

Pray write to me as often as you can find leisure, and be assured I am sincerely your friend and servant,

_________________________________________________________________ 1The text is in Boston Record Commissioner’s Report, vol. xviii., pp. 131-134.

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Chicago: Samuel Adams, "To Arthur Lee.," The Writings of Samuel Adams— Volume 3 in The Writings of Samuel Adams—Volume 3 Original Sources, accessed January 20, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QCIQ3V61RT9BXQX.

MLA: Adams, Samuel. "To Arthur Lee." The Writings of Samuel Adams— Volume 3, in The Writings of Samuel Adams—Volume 3, Original Sources. 20 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QCIQ3V61RT9BXQX.

Harvard: Adams, S, 'To Arthur Lee.' in The Writings of Samuel Adams— Volume 3. cited in , The Writings of Samuel Adams—Volume 3. Original Sources, retrieved 20 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QCIQ3V61RT9BXQX.