American Minute with Bill Federer NOV. 28 - 'Let the youth...instead of...rapturous admiration for speechifyers... examine the principles of the revolution... before they...lick the hand of a despotic master...' -James Warren
American Minute with Bill Federer
NOV. 28 - 'Let the youth...instead of...rapturous admiration for
speechifyers... examine the principles of the revolution... before
they...lick the hand of a despotic master...' -James Warren
Following the hated Stamp Act of 1765, the British committed the Boston Massacre in 1770, firing into a crowd, killing five.
In 1773, James Warren proposed that Samuel Adams form Committees of Correspondence to inform the rest of the nation of injustices being committed in Boston:
rights of the colonists, and of this province in particular, as men, as
Christians, and as subjects; to communicate and publish the same to the
several towns in this province and to the world as the sense of this
The British increased taxes and in response colonists had the Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773. In 1774, the British retaliated by blocking Boston Harbor to starve the city into submission.
In 1775, when President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, Dr. Joseph Warren, was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill, James Warren, who also fought there, was elected the next President.
As President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, James Warren approved the Resolution, June 16, 1775:
"It has pleased Almighty GOD in his Providence to suffer the Calamities of an unnatural War to take Place among us...
as we have Reason to fear, that unless we become a penitent and
reformed People, we shall feel still severer Tokens of his Displeasure.
as the most effectual Way to escape those desolating Judgments, which
so evidently hang over us...will be - That we repent and return everyone
from his Iniquities, unto him that correcteth us...
the prevailing Sins of this Day, which threaten the Destruction of this
Land, we have Reason to lament the frequent Prophanation of the Lord's
Day, or Christian Sabbath...
It is therefore RESOLVED...by this
Congress...the People...throughout this Colony...pay a religious Regard
to that Day, and to the public Worship of God thereon."
James Warren, who died NOVEMBER 28, 1808, was husband of author Mercy Otis Warren, called "the conscience of the Revolution" for her correspondence with many founding fathers.
Both James and Mercy Warren were Anti-Federalists,
opposing the new U.S. Constitution as they did not think there were
enough limits to prevent the Federal Government from becoming a
submitted essays to the local newspaper under the name "Helvitius
Priscus," which was the name of a Roman republican who resisted the
On December 27, 1787, the Independent Chronicle published an article by "Helvitius Priscus" in which James Warren criticized the Constitutional Convention:
assembly, who have ambitiously and daringly presumed to annihilate the
sovereignties of the thirteen United States; to establish a Draconian Code; and to bind posterity by their secret councils..."
James Warren referred to the Lycian League, a thriving confederation of independent Greek city-states which existed from the 8th century BC until conquered by Phillip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, in 338 BC:
"Everyone acquainted with ancient history...turn their thoughts to the miserable fate of the Lycians...
a sober, virtuous people, who maintained their independence, and their
freedom, for several centuries; and supported their own simple
institutions, under twenty-three district sovereignties...
A people bearing a strong resemblance to a party in America had crept in among them, and...an ambitious Phillip
had his emissaries in that body, who by political intrigue, and
well-timed plausible speeches, enabled him...to set himself at the head
of the Grecian States;
to annihilate their constitutions, and to degrade them to the most abject submission to the will of a despotic tyrant...
tyrant alleged the same excuse for his encroachment, that we hear
hacknied in the streets of our capitals, for subjugating the
James Warren added:
"The application...is left for the consideration of every lover of his country.
America has fought for her liberties...purchased them by the most costly sacrifices...
shall...her freedom be sported away by the duplicity, and the
intrigues of those, who never participated in her sufferings?...mad
ambition of a mind ready to sacrifice...humanity for its gratification?
the youth of America... instead of indulging a rapturous admiration
for the modern superficial speechifyers in favor of an American
monarchy, let them examine the principles of the late glorious
and before they embrace the chains of servitude, let them scrutinize...if their pride...will suffer them to lick the hand of a despotic master...
Let him be stigmatized with the odium...the base betrayer of the rights of his country...though he may artfully have obtained an election...
Let the old Patriots come forward, and instead of secretly wrapping up their opinions within their own breasts, let them lift up the voice like a trumpet, and show this people their folly and...impending danger."