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Martin's statement, "Why should I agree to swap one tyrant three thousand miles away for three
thousand tyrants one mile away?" :
In his efforts to protect his family by discouraging open rebellion against
Martin makes the statement before the South Carolina Assembly
1. The quote was not made by a politician or in South Carolina.
The original quote is: "Which is better
- to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand
tyrants one mile away?". It was made by Boston Loyalist Clergyman Byles
Mather. Because of his Loyalist leanings, he was dismissed from his post as
minister of Hollis St. Congregational Church following the British
Evacuation of Boston in 1776. His uncle was Cotton Mather.
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