. These pieces appeared from time to time in both the Boston Evening Post
and the Boston Gazette
, Nov. 1765–Jan. 1766. They have decidedly lost their savor, if they ever had any.
James Lovell (1737–1814), Harvard 1756, a teacher in the South Grammar School in Boston, achieved local celebrity
by delivering the earliest of the anniversary orations on the “Boston Massacre,” 1771.
A zealous patriot, he was elected to the Continental Congress late in 1776, where
he served for five years on (and for long periods as
) the Committee for Foreign Affairs, distinguishing himself equally, according to
Edmund C. Burnett, by his diligence and his love of intrigue and mystification. In
both his official capacity and as a family friend, Lovell corresponded voluminously
, indiscriminately mixing international and personal affairs and views in his always
lively letters. Burnett’s short account of Lovell in DAB
is masterly, but a more comprehensive biography, drawing on his widely dispersed
papers, is badly needed.