The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist

Author: John Clark Ridpath

Otis Compared With English Orators.

"Compared with English orators," Dr. Magoon says, "our great countryman was not unlike Sheridan in natural endowment.

"Like him, he was unequaled in impassioned appeals to the general heart of mankind.

"He swayed all by his electric fire; charmed the timid, and inspired the weak; subdued the haughty, and enthralled the prejudiced.

"He traversed the field of argument and invective as a Scythian warrior scours the plain, shooting most deadly arrows when at the greatest speed.

"He rushed into forensic battle, fearless of all consequences; and as the ancient war-chariot would sometimes set its axle on fire by the rapidity of its own movement, so would the ardent soul of Otis become ignited and fulminate with thought, as he swept irresistibly to the goal.

"When aroused by some great crisis, his eloquent words were like bolts of granite heated in a volcano, and shot forth with unerring aim, crashing where they fell."


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Chicago: John Clark Ridpath, "Otis Compared With English Orators.," The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist, ed. Conway, Moncure Daniel, 1832-1907 in The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist Original Sources, accessed June 3, 2023,

MLA: Ridpath, John Clark. "Otis Compared With English Orators." The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist, edited by Conway, Moncure Daniel, 1832-1907, in The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist, Original Sources. 3 Jun. 2023.

Harvard: Ridpath, JC, 'Otis Compared With English Orators.' in The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist, ed. . cited in , The James Otis Pre-Revolutionist. Original Sources, retrieved 3 June 2023, from