John Hancock speech given on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre
[John Hancock] An Oration; Delivered March 5th, 1774,
at the Request of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston; to
commemorate the bloody Tragedy of the Fifth of March, 1770. By
the Honourable John Hancock, Esq. as printed
in The Royal American Magazine, or Universal Repository of
Instruction and Amusement: For March, 1774. Textually complete
with 37 pages (numbered as 83-120), though without wrappers.
Only months after the Boston Tea Party, fiery patriot John Hancock delivered this significant speech at a Boston town meeting as events were quickly moving toward full-scale war. As an influential member of the General Court in 1774, Hancock angered the British government and loyalists with this speech, which included such inflammatory statements as, "Let every parent tell the shameful story to his listening children until tears of pity glisten in their eyes, and boiling passions shake their tender frames". Some question if Hancock actually wrote the speech while crediting Samuel Cooper, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Church, and Joseph Warren with writing at least parts of it.
The Royal American Magazine, designed to appeal to the general American public, was published by Boston native and American patriot Isaiah Thomas from January 1774 through March 1775. Also in this issue are articles on the impeachment of Peter Oliver, the selection of a committee to address Governor Thomas Hutchinson, and a list of marriages and deaths. Some pages are still bound with string, though most have become unbound; light spotting throughout. Near very good.
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