THE TORY PROTEST, 1774

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THE TORY PROTEST, 1774

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In 1774, bitter discord divided Tory and Whig in Worcester as elsewhere in the colonies, and the Whigs seemed to have the upper hand. In June, 52 loyalists sent a vitriolic screed to the press and asked town clerk Clark Chandler to copy it into the town record. Expressing their own “deepest concern for peace and order,” they lambasted their neighbors, who “under the disguise of patriotism, and falsely styling themselves the friends of liberty,” apparently intended “to reduce all things to a state of tumult, disorder, and confusion.” Furious Whigs later forced Chandler scribble out every line of the Tory protest. For added measure, they dipped his fingers into the inkwell and swiped them down the page, leaving two-hundred-year-old streaks that still convey the depth of their anger.

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THE TORY PROTEST, 1774

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“THE TORY PROTEST, 1774,” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/49.

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