Songs & Ballads Of the American Revolution

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liberty's call.
bearing severely on the royal cause, and in a measure gained the hatred of many friends of the crown, whom he often made the sub­ject of his ridicule. He combined the trade of a printer with that of an upholsterer, and kept a shop in Arch street, Philadelphia, opposite the gate of the Friends' burying-ground, where he carried on " Upholstery in all its various branches," besides making his shop a depot for the circulation of his " little billets of ridicule." On the approach of the British, in 1777, Mason removed his store from the city, and abandoned for ever the " setting of types." About one year after, the following advertisement appeared in his old friend, the Pennsylvania Packet:
"John Mason, Upholder. " Carries on the Upholdstery business in all its various branches, and shall be extremely obliged to those noble and generous ladies and gentlemen who delight in employing the industrious.
" Said Mason begs leave to inform his former friends and cus­tomers, that when the enemy marched into this city, he, the said Mason, marched out, and since that time has had many a march and counter-march, and now has had the happiness to march back again to a city where slavery could not thrive, because there liberty springs spontaneous.
" Ah! slavery, how loved, how valued Once, avails thee not; to whom Eclated or by whom begot; A painful nuisance alone
Remains of thee.-----
1Tis all thou art, and it is all
Thy proud friends and abettors shall be."

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