The Virginia proposition of independence.
communicated to her sister col-
onies her instruction to her delegates in congress to propose independence, Washington
at New York freely and repeatedly delivered his opinion: ‘A reconciliation with Great Britain
is impracticable and would be in the highest degree detrimental to the true interest of America
; when I first took the command of the army, I abhorred the idea of independence; but I am now fully convinced that nothing else will save us.’
The preamble and the resolves of congress, adopted at Philadelphia
on the same day with the Virginia
instructions at Williamsburg
, were in themselves the act of a self-determining political body.
The blow which proceeded from John Adams
, felled the proprietary authority in Pennsylvania
to the ground.
, more happy than her neighbor, kept her ranks unbroken, for she had intrusted the direction of the revolution to a convention