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n effective system of a self-perpetuating republic. His scheme aimed at a real, ever enduring union, and it contained the two great elements of American political life; the domestic power of the several states, and the limited sovereignty of the central government. The proposition of Franklin was, for the time, put aside; the future confederacy was not to number fewer members than thirteen; for news now came, that Georgia was no more the defaulting link in the American chain. On the fourth of July, it had met in provincial congress; and on the sixth had adhered to all the measures of resistance. It had also resolved neither to purchase, nor to employ, any slave imported from Africa after that day. Lord North's proposal had already been declared inadequate; but as it was founded on joint resolves of parliament, officially recommended by Lord Dartmouth, and referred by Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, to the decision of congress, Franklin, Jefferson, John Adams, and Richa
Your gallant behavior in defence of liberty and your country entitles you to the highest honors; accept these two standards as a reward justly due to your regiment; and I make not the least doubt, under heaven's protection, you will stand by them as long as they can wave in the air of Liberty. And the regiment plighting the word which they were to keep sacredly at the cost of many of their lives, answered: The colors shall be honorably supported, and shall never be tarnished. On the fourth of July, Rutledge came to visit the July. garrison. There stood Moultrie, there Motte, there Marion, there Peter Horry, there William Jasper, and all the survivors of the battle. Rutledge was happy in having insisted on holding possession of the fort; happy in the consciousness of his unwavering reliance on Moultrie; happy in the glory that gathered round the first days of the new-born commonwealth; Chap. LXVI.} 1776. July. and when, in the name of South Carolina, he returned thanks to the
Time has been given for the whole people maturely to consider the great question of independence, so that in every colony of the thirteen, they have now adopted it as their own act. But the day is past. The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America; to be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival, commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty, from one end of the 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 Chap. LXIX.} 1776. July 2-4. through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory; that the end is worth all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction, even though we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.
s changed the old thir- Chap LXX.} 1776. July 2-4. teen British colonies into free and independentelf, that his country, Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 2-4. as it went along with him, found nothing but whspirations, and he be- Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 2-4. lieved more than he himself was aware of. He wand more exact; and in the evening of the fourth day of July, New York still abstaining from the voteus: For protecting them, by Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 4. mock trial, from punishment for any murders westic insurrections amongst Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 4. us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabiown, and that all political Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 4. connection between them and the state of Greahe ascendent people of that Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 4. time, it was sure to make the circuit of the nor John Adams, nor Jeffer- Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 4. son, nor Jay, had ever expressed a preference thirteen colonies now owed Chap. LXX.} 1776. July 4. primary allegiance to the dynasty of the peop[4 more...]