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Chapter 36:

The towns of Massachusetts meet in Convention.— Hillsborough's Administration of the Colonies con-tinued.


The approach of military rule convinced Samuel
Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept.
Adams of the necessity of American Independence. From this moment,1 he struggled for it deliberately and unremittingly as became one who delighted in the stern creed of Calvin, which, wherever it has prevailed, in Geneva, Holland, Scotland, Puritan England, New England, has spread intelligence, severity of morals, love of freedom, and courage. He gave himself to his glorious work, as devotedly as though he had in his keeping the liberties of mankind, and was a chosen instrument for fulfilling what had been decreed by the Divine counsels from all eternity. Such a cause left no room for fear. ‘He was,’ said Bernard, ‘one of the principal and most desperate of the chiefs of the faction;’ ‘the all in all’2 wrote Hutchinson,

1 S. Adams's own statement to a friend in 1775. Ms.

2 ‘Instar omnium;’ the phrase is taken from a later letter of Hutchinson's.

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