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CHARLESTON.
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And Comwallis' mighty deeds appear, Conspicuous each revolving year, The pledge of future fame^"
Our tars, their share of glories won, For they among the bravest shone,
Undaunted, firm and bold. Whene'er engag'd, their ardor show'd Hearts which with native valor glow'd,
Hearts of true British mould.
1 King Hancock. About the time this ballad was written, the subjoined paragraph appeared in the loyal newspapers : " John Han­cock and Samuel Adams.—Fortune, in one of her highest frolics, elevated those malignant stars to the zenith of power. The baneful influence of their conjunction, in the Western political hemisphere, has produced direful effects; but, when the lunacies of the former are separated from the villanies of the latter, the deluge of destruction that is certainly, though slowly, rolling after them, will rapidly come on, and overwhelm them and their infatuated votaries in prodigious ruin.
" John Hancock appears in public with all the pageantiy and state of an Oriental prince. He rides in an elegant chariot, which was taken in a prize to the ' Civil Usage,' a pirate vessel, and by the owners presented to him. He is attended by four servants, dressed in superb livery, mounted on fine horses richly caparisoned, and escorted by fifty horsemen with drawn sabres, the one half of whom precede, and the other follow, his carriage. So, at present, figures this man, who owes his greatness to his country's ruin."






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