earnest, and too much elevated by the greatness of
his work, to think of himself; too anxiously desiring aid, to disparage those who gave it. In the fervor of his activity, his faults disappeared.
His intellect and public spirit, all the noblest parts of his nature, were called into the fullest exercise, and strained to the uttermost of their healthful power.
Combining more than any other, farness of sight and fixedness of belief with courage and power of utterance, he was looked up to as the ablest debater in congress.
Preserving some of the habits of the lawyer, he was redundant in words and cumulative in argument; but his warmth and sincerity kept him from the affectations of a pedant or a rhetorician.
Forbearance was no longer in season; the irrepressible talent of persevering, peremptory assertion was wanted; the more he was borne along by his own vehement impulses the better; now his country, humanity, the age, the hour, demanded that the right should be spoken out, his high excitement had not the air of passion, but appeared, as it was, the clear perception of the sublimity of his task.
When, in the life of a statesman, were six months of more importance to the race, than these six months in the career of John Adams
On resuming his seat, he found a change in the delegation of South Carolina
That province had sent to Philadelphia
a vessel not larger than a pilot boat, for Gadsden
, who held the highest rank in their army: at the risk of capture, the patriot embarked in January; fought his way through the ice in the Delaware
, and against headwinds at sea; escaped the British cruisers only by running the small craft in