of many separate currents into one headlong stream.
“We must, indeed, all hang together,” runs Franklin
's well-known witticism in Independence Hall, “or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
Excellently spoken, Doctor
And that homely, cheery, daring sentence gives the keynote of much of the Revolutionary writing that has survived.
It may be heard in the state papers of Samuel Adams
, the oratory of Patrick Henry
, the pamphlets of Thomas Paine
, the satires of Freneau
, and in the subtle, insinuating, thrilling paragraphs of Thomas Jefferson
We can only glance in passing at the literature of the Lost Cause
, the Loyalist or “Tory” pleadings for allegiance to Britain.
It was written by able and honest men, like Boucher
They distrusted what Seabury
called “our sovereign Lord
They represented, in John Adams
's opinion, nearly one-third of the people of the colonies, and recent students believe that this estimate was too low. In some colonies the Loyalists were clearly in the majority.
In all they were a menacing element, made up of the conservative, the prosperous, the well-educated, with a mixture, of course, of mere placemen and tuft-hunters.