"These sudden eruptions of the passions of the multitude, spread, like the lava of a volcano, throughout all France, nor could men of correct judgment, who aimed only at reform of abuses, and a renovation in all the departments, check the fury of the torrent."
— Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814)
(III.xxxi, p. 407; p. 682-3 in OLL edition)
See also Mercy Otis Warren, History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution. Interspersed with Biographical, Political and Moral Observations, ed. Lester D. Cohen. 2 vols. (Indianapolis, Ind.: Liberty Fund, 1994). <Link to OLL>