But we should always remember that a free Constitution of civil Government cannot be purchased at too dear a rate as there is nothing, on this side of the New Jerusalem, of equal importance to Mankind. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it.
All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration.
It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence forever!
John Adams personally urged Thomas Jefferson to write the draft. In contemplating the effect that separation from England would mean to him personally, John Adams wrote: "If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready, at the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when that hour may. But while I do live, let me have a country, and that a free country!
It may be the will of heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting and distresses yet more dreadful The furnace of affliction produces refinements, in states as well as individuals 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 The new governments we are assuming The people will have unbounded power.
And the people are extremely addicted to corruption and venality, as well as the great. I am not without apprehensions from this quarter, but I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe. You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom!
I hope you will make a good use of it If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it. He stated, March 4, "'Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain,' with fervent supplications for His favor, to His overruling providence I commit with humble but fearless confidence my own fate and the future destinies of my country. Lincoln appointed him U. Minister to Britain where he helped convince England to stay neutral during the Civil War.
Charles Francis Adams' son, Henry Adams , was a historian who wrote from his unique perspective of being related to some of America's founders.
In his 9-volume work, History of the United States C. Scribner's Son, , Henry Adams wrote: "The Pilgrims of Plymouth, the Puritans of Boston, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, all avowed a moral purpose, and began by making institutions that consciously reflected a moral idea. Each State has a natural right Published by Emerald Books About this Item: Emerald Books, Condition: Good. Satisfaction Guaranteed!
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