In honor of Independence Day and all those who have given their lives to keep us free, we’re changing our normal distribution day for this blog from Wednesday to Independence Day.
What they did not teach you in school. September 5, 1774 is more important than July 4, 1776. Here’s why.
The DECISION to declare independence was very contentious and was not unanimous initially. Governor Gage of Massachusetts offered Samuel Adams a bribe from the Henry VIII if he would cease his opposition to the current government of the Colonies.
Samuel Adams has a choice of two DECISIONS. He could cease his opposition to the Crown and receive personal bribes, or he could CONTINUE, AND RUN THE RISK OF BEING HANGED!
Adams answer, “Then you may tell Governor Gage that I trust I have long since made peace with the King of Kings. No personal consideration shall induce me to abandon the righteous cause of my Country. And TELL GOVERNOR GAGE IT IS THE ADVICE OF SAMUEL ADAMS TO HIM, no longer insult the feelings of an exasperated people.”
The Congress of the Colonists was called to order. Samuel Adams locked the door, placed the key into his pocket saying, NO MAN SHOULD LEAVE THE ROOM UNTIL THE DECISION FOR SUCH A CONGRESS HAD BEEN REACHED.
Great excitement followed. Some weighed in the possible consequences of such radicalism. (Old Man Fear.) Locked in that room were TWO MEN immune to Fear, blind to the possibility of failure. Joh Hancock and Samuel Adams. Through the influence of their minds, the others were induced to agree that arrangements should be made for the meeting of the First Continental Congress, to be held in Philadelphia, September 5, 1774.
Now you know why that date is more important than July 4, 1776. If there had been no DECISION to hold a Continental Congress, there would have been no signing of the Declaration of Independence.