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James Otis (1725 – 1783)


Lawyer in colonial Massachusetts who was an early advocate of the political views that led to the American Revolution.
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James Otis
Now one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house. A man's house is his castle!
Otis quotes
... [Slave] trade is the most shocking violation of the law of nature, has a direct tendency to diminish liberty, and makes every dealer in it a tyrant, from the director of an African company to the petty chapman [peddler]. It is a clear truth, that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.
Otis
Taxation without representation is tyranny.




Otis James quotes
What must be the wealth that avarice, aided by power, cannot exhaust!
Otis James
A man's house is his castle.
James Otis quotes
An act against the Constitution is void; an act against natural equity is void.
James Otis
The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country.
Otis James quotes
ALL PRECEDENTS ARE UNDER THE CONTROUL OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW... No Acts of Parliament can establish such a writ [writ of assistance enabling British search of homes for no reason]: it would be void, "AN ACT AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION IS VOID." Vid. Viner. But special writs may be granted on oath and probable suspicion.
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