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. The text of Otis' argument, up to the sentence at note 47149
below, is from the Massachusetts Spy,
29 April 1773, p. 3, cols. 1–3. The argument was introduced as follows:
“For the massachusetts spy. mr. thomas, As the public have been lately alarmed with the evil and wicked effects of the power
lodged in custom-house officers, by virtue of that most execrable of all precepts,
a Writ of Assistance: And as I conceive it to be more immediately destructive of the
liberty of the subject, than any other innovation of power: The following is offered
to the public, being taken from the mouth of that great American oracle of law, James Otis, Esq; in the meridian of his life.”
Then follows the material quoted in note 2104
above, concluding with “Mr. Otis appearing for the inhabitants of Boston, with his
usual zeal for the common liberties of mankind, spoke as follows, viz.”
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