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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803 (search)
Clarke appeared at a window, when Revere said, I wish to see Mr. Hancock. I do not like to admit strangers into my house so late at night, answered Mr. Clarke. Hancock, who was not asleep, recognized Revere's voice, and called out. Come in, Revere, we are not afraid of you. The warning was given; the whole household was soon astir, and the two patriots awaited the coming of the enemy. When they approached, the arch-rebels were persuaded to retire to a more secure retreat, followed by Dorothy Quincy, to whom Hancock was affianced (and whom he married in September following), who was on a visit at Mr. Clarke's. When Adams, from a wooded hill near Clarke's house, saw the beginning of the skirmish at Lexington, he exclaimed, with prophetic prescience, What a glorious morning for America is this! In a proclamation (June 12) in which he denounced those in arms and their abettors to be rebels and parricides of the Constitution, and offered a free pardon to all who should forthwith return