Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quotes from a Founder: Dr. Joseph Warren

Dr. Joseph Warren was an important figure at the dawn of the American Revolution. A physician in Boston, he became an influential figure among the patriots who opposed British tyranny. He was appointed Major General three days before the Battle of Bunker Hill, but instead let the more experienced generals take command. Warren was killed in the third and final British assault during the battle on June 17th, 1775. Dr. Warren was a very eloquent orator and writer, who did much to fan the flames of liberty in Boston.

"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
Dr. Joseph Warren, March 6th, 1775 ('Boston Massacre Oration')

"I would have such a government as should give every man the greatest liberty to do what he pleases consistent with restraining him from doing any injury to another, or such a government as would most contribute to the good of the whole, with the least inconvenience to individual."
Dr. Joseph Warren, in a letter to Samuel Adams on May 26th, 1775

1 comment:

  1. What a great man and patriot. We need more like him, now more than ever


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