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What you didn’t know about the 4th of July

Issue 66th- Special July 4th Addition
Delivery day changed to Monday for the 4th
When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. By the middle of the following year, however, many more colonists had come to favor independence, thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments such as those expressed in Thomas Paine’s bestselling pamphlet “Common Sense,” published in early 1776.

On June 7, when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence. Amid heated debate, Congress postponed the vote on Lee’s resolution, but appointed a five-man committee–including Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York–to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain.

Did You Know?
John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee’s resolution for independence in a near-unanimous vote (the New York delegation abstained, but later voted affirmatively). On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

Conclusion…On July 4th, the Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.

Happy 4th of July!  Enjoy this time with your family.

Bill Moist
Source:  History Channel

The Day More Important Than July 4, 1776


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.