Happy Independence Day!!

July 4, 2012 BY CJ Isaac

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams

July 3, 1776

“Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, and as such they have, and of right ought to have, full power to make war, conclude peace, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which other States may rightfully do.” You will see in a few days a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution, and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God and man. A plan of confederation will be taken up in a few days. …

…The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”

What a great letter. Let us remember the sacrifice our forefathers made to establish this amazing country we live in. I am so thankful to live in a country such as this. We hope you all have a wonderfully fun and safe “great anniversary festival”!

One Response to Happy Independence Day!!

  1. Anni Bruno says:

    When I read this, all I could think was Abigail’s recurring line from the musical “1776′- “Saltpeter! Joooooohhhhnnnn!!!”
    Because all of my American history knowledge comes from musical theatre. Which is apparently, fairly accurate!
    Happy independence day!
    Anni

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