This great statesman and most eloquent of men, was the prime mover of the American Revolution. He sowed the seeds of rebellion, liberty and independence in 1761, which ripened into American Independence in 1776. King George the Third had just ascended the throne of Great Britain and ordered "Writs of Assistance" to issue in Massachusetts to search for property on which taxes had not been paid. The merchants of Boston employed Mr. Otis to resist in court the issuing of these writs. This was two years before Patrick Henry's great speech on the celebrated "Parsons case" in Virginia, and five years before his burst of eloquence in the House of Burgesses in which he said, with the voice of thunder and the look of a God, "Cæsar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third"--"treason!" cried the
These Sketches of Eminent Statesmen were written by Governor Perry, between the years 1866 and 1876, soon after the war, when South Carolina was under carpet-bag and negro rule, before the State was redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled, through the efforts and influence of General Hampton.