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is scarcely a great event of the revolution, with which he was not in some way connected. He was born at Boston, in the province of Massachusetts, on the twenty-second of September, 1722, and was descended from a family of much respectability which had settled in New England, at a very early period. His father was for many years a representative for the town of Boston, in the Massachusetts house of assembly, in which he was annually elected till bis

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SAMUEL ADAMS.

With the names of Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin, stands inseparably united that of Adams; and they form together the brightest constellation which illumines the revolutionary annals of our country. It was the last, however, alone, which was borne by two individuals, each perhaps equally conspicuous and equally serviceable in the cause, though differing much in their course of life, their opinions and their dispositions.

SAMUEL Adams, who is the subject of the present notice, was, without doubt, one of the most remarkable men connected with our history, and there is scarcely a great event of the revolution, with which he was not in some way connected. He was born at Boston, in the province of Massachusetts, on the twenty-second of September, 1722, and was descended from a family of much respectability which had settled in New England, at a very early period. His father was for many years a representative for the town of Boston, in the Massachusetts house of assembly, in which he was annually elected till his

death. He was long a justice of the peace and a selectman of the town ;- possessed considerable wealth, and was respected and esteemed.

Samuel Adams acquired his preparatory knowledge at the celebrated Latin grammar school of Mr. Lovell, where he was remarkably attentive to his studies. His conduct was similar while he was at college, and during the whole term he had to pay, but one fine, and this was for not attending morning prayers, in consequence of having overslept himself. By a close and steady application, he acquired much classical and scientific knowledge.

At an early age, he was admitted a student at Harvard University. In 1740, and 1743, the respective degrees of bachelor and master of arts were conferred upon him. On the latter occasion, he proposed the following question for discussion, “whether it be lawful to resist the supreme magistrate, if the commonwealth cannot be otherwise preserved ?" He maintained the affirmative of this proposition, and thus evinced, at this early period of life, his attachment to the liberties of the people. While he was a student, his father allowed him a regular and fixed stipend. Of this, he saved a sufficient sum, to publish, at his own expense, a pamphlet, called “ Englishmen's Rights."

His father intended him for the bar, but this determination, at the solicitation of his mother, was altered, and he was put an apprentice to the late Thomas Cushing, an eminent merchant. For this profession

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