SAMUEL ADAMS.

CHAPTER I. .
THE YOUTH AND HIS SURROUNDINGS

THE Folk-mote, the fixed, frequent, accessible meeting of the individual freemen for discussing and deciding upon public matters, had great importance in the polity of the primeval Teutons, and was transmitted by them to their English descendants. All thoughtful political writers have held it to be one of the best schools for forming the faculties of men; it must underlie every representative system in order to make that system properly effective. The ancient folk-mote, the proper primordial cell of every Anglo-Saxon body-politic, which the carelessness of the people and the encroachments of princes had caused to be much overlaid in England, reappeared with great vitality in the New England town-meeting.1

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Tacitus, Germania, xi. Waitz, Deutsche Verfassungsgeschichte, Band i. 4. Freeman, Growth of English Constitution,

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