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The ministerial press in America embraced every opportunity to ridicule the motives of the most prominent patriots of the Revolu-tion, and very often exceeded the hounds of truth, or even probability in their assertions. The following remarks and stanzas were pub­lished in a ballad sheet, and posted in the streets of New York and Philadelphia, during the month of October 1778, and on the twenty-fourth of the same month they appeared in the Royal Gazette. " There was lately exhibited in the city of Philadelphia, an admira­ble farce called Independence. Who the author was is not positively known, but some are of the opinion that it is the work of a certain quack doctor called Franklin. Others assert that it is the joint pro­duction of the strolling company by whom it was acted; it is, how­ever, generally allowed, that one Adams gave the first hint, contrived the plot and cast the parts. It appeared in the exhibition so tragi­comical, that the audience were at a loss whether to laugh or cry. They were, however, well pleased with the catastrophe, and joined heartily in the following chorus. As the renowned Voltaire some-

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