The Writings of Samuel Adams - Volume 4 eBook

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Forces at once to put an end to the War.  If the people now exert themselves, one struggle more, by the blessing of Heaven, will rid us of all our Enemies.  The Expectations at Versailles from this joint effort are even sanguine—­ congress is impatient to answer their just expectation—­The eyes of Europe are upon us anxiously waiting for the great event.  Our general, with his officers and army, are filled with ardor and generous ambition to signalize their valour in the salvation of our country—­superior beings would look down with the utmost astonishment, if we should let this Golden opportunity slip—­It cannot be.  Our young men, ambitious of laurels, will, at such a time, fly to their arms with the speed of the wind, and all will be engaged in furnishing them with necessary supplies, so shall this very campaign be decisive and glorious.  This State began the noble contest; we will honor ourselves by our utmost exertions to put a glorious end to it:  we will contend with our sister States in nothing, but who shall have the greatest share of honor in this last and crowning effort—­ Be assured, my dear countrymen, the liberty, the happiness of America, and its consequence in the eyes of the world, depend upon our present activity and spirit—­We will not be wanting to ourselves, and the lord do that which seemeth to him right.



[Ms., Massachusetts Archives; a draft is in the Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library, and the text is in W. V. Wells, Life of Samuel Adams, vol. iii., p. 102.]

Hartford June 20 1780


We have the Honor of transmitting to you the Copy of a Letter from General Washington to Governor Trumbull.  The Contents are of so pressing Importance, that we thought it our indispensible Duty, without Delay, to forward an Express to Brigadier General Fellows, of the County of Berkshire, with a Letter the Copy of which we also inclose; and to inform Major General Howe who commanded West Point, of the Measures we have taken.

Although we have acted on this urgent Occasion, without Authority, yet we flatter our selves, that in Consideration of the very critical Situation of the Army, our Proceeding thus far will meet with the Approbation of the General Assembly.

We are with the greatest Respect & Esteem Sir your most obedt & very humble Servts 1

1 Signed also by Elbridge Gerry, as were the succeeding four letters.


[Ms., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]

Hartford June 20 1780


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