James Otis: An Unsung Hero of the American Revolution

Today's the birthday of James Otis.

He fulminated  against the King's operandi modus.

He averred  in the  Revolutionary hassle

That America's home was America's castle.

[James Otis before the Boston Colonial court]


"The writs[of assistance] were general search warrants that permitted the authorities to search anywhere they pleased for any reason-or for no reason. In one of the first defiant stands against British authority in the Colonies, Otis attacked the writs as "against the fundamental principles of law." He asserted, among other things: "A man's house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege."  [olemiss.edu]


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