Collections of the Worcester Society of Antiquity Volume 13

Collections of the Worcester Society of Antiquity Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...was a holy sepulchre; its nameless tenant was the prophet and Messiah of the gospel of freedom. She has been dead for more than twenty years, but the grave she tended so carefully still shows the traces of her care, and the successors of the lilies she planted upon it still bloom scantily there in the summer days and keep her memory green. I wonder, when Rufus Hosmer set about the restoration of this tomb-stone, if he was moved thereto in any degree by the story which he must have heard often repeated in his childhood, of his father's encounter with Daniel Bliss on the last occasion that that gentleman participated in a public meeting in his native town. Mr. Bliss was, as I have said, a Royalist, and had taken a wife from a leading Tory family of Worcester County. At a convention held in December, 1774, in Concord's old meeting-house (a building doubly sacred to us on account of the many patriotic meetings of the Sons of Liberty that were held within its hallowed walls), for the consideration of the Boston Port Bill, Mr. Bliss, who had been one of the counsellors and barristers that had given their advice to Gov. Hutchinson as to the condition of the country, made an earnest and powerful speech in opposition to the ideas and purposes of the patriots. A fine scholar, a well-trained lawyer, eloquent, logical, witty, sarcastic, a son of the recently deceased and highly esteemed pastor of the village, and brother-in-law to the young and eloquent divine who had succeeded to the pastoral office and by his enthusiastic and powerful espousal of the people's cause had become almost the idol of the patriots, Mr. Bliss was personally a very popular man among his neighbors, in spite of his fidelity to the royal cause. His speech on this occasion had...
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236839528
  • 9781236839527