E Pluribus Unum
Rhetorical Analysis of James Otis's "Against Writs of Assistance"
"Against Writs of Assistance," delivered before the
Superior Court on February 24, 1761 in the council chamber of the
Old State House in Boston. First printed in the Massachusetts
Spy, April 29, 1773.
- The King vs Preston On an Indictment for Murder, Witnesses for
the King, 24-25 October 1770, Anonymous Summary of Crown Evidence
in the "Boston Massacre" Trial. Taken from the Legal Papers
of John Adams.
Boston Massacre Orations (see for related resources)
at Boston, 2 April 1771 by James Lovell, A.M. Z
at Boston, 5 March 1772 by Dr. Joseph Warren
at Boston, 5 March 1773 by Dr. Benjamin Church Z
at Boston on 5 March 1774 by John Hancock Note: The host site,
Massacre Files, is as an excellent resource for investigating
the Boston Massacre. For other online versions, see Hancock's
oration at The
at Boston, 5 March 1775 by Dr. Joseph Warren Z
- Delivered at Watertown, 5 March 1776 by Peter Thacher, M.A.
ORATION DELIVERED AT BOSTON MARCH 5, 1777 BY BENJAMIN HICHBORN,
ORATION DELIVERED AT BOSTON, MARCH 5, 1778 BY JONATHAN W. AUSTIN,
- ORATION DELIVERED AT BOSTON, MARCH 5, 1779. BY WILLIAM TUDOR,
at the King's Chapel in Boston, April 8, 1776, on the re-interment
of the remains of the late Most Worshipful Grandmaster Joseph
Warren, Esquire, President of the late Congress of this Colony, and
Major General of the Massachusetts forces, who was slain in the battle
of Bunker's-hill, June 17, 1775. Z
Sermons (almost all excerpted):
Presents Great American Sermons
on the Beauties of Liberty," John Allen; Boston, Dec. 3,
1772. Also available at http://personal.pitnet.net/primarysources/johnallen.html
via the Oregon
State University History Department's Links to Related History Sites
on the World Wide Web.
War in a just Cause SINLESS," D. Jones; Philadelphia, 1775
Right to Rebel Against Governors," Samuel West; Boston,
May 29, 1776 (full text)
"Government Corrupted by Vice, and Recovered by Righteousness,"
Samuel Langdon; Watertown, Mass., May 31, 1775
Church's Flight into the Wilderness, an Address on the Times,"
Samuel Sherwood; January 17, 1776
Arms Vindicated," A Moderate Whig (Stephen Case?), 1779
Judgements Upon Tyrants: And Compassion to the Oppressed,"
Jacob Cushing; Lexington, 1778
Election Sermon by Simeon Howard, A.M., Sermon preached to the
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, in Boston, June 7, 1773
1 and Excerpt from Sermon 2, 1774 by Nathaniel Niles. I. CORRINTH.
Chap. VII. Ver. 21. Art thou called being a servant? Care not
for it; but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
I. CORRINTH. Chap. VII. Ver. 21.
Art thou called being a servant? Care not for it; but if thou mayest
be made free, use it rather
(In England, coffeehouses served a similar function. See Modern
History Sourcebook: The First English Coffee-Houses, c. 1670-1675.)
Washington's Innaugural Address, an exhibit at the National Archives
and Records Administration
Messages, and Replies, by Thomas Jefferson, at the Electronic
Text Center, University of Virginia Library
and Speeches in Early American Communities
of the Program in Presidential Rhetoric at Texas A&M
Who is this American?
Exhibit & Resources
1770s America (Opening Fall 2002)
(Opening Fall 2001)