posted by Writer on Jul 3

Declaration-Independence-SignaturesAfter The Declaration was ratified and “the Colonies had just became the United States”, John Adams wrote this to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776 (1):

Adams “looked prophetically into the future of the nation, saying the the day on which the Declaration was passed, The Second Day of July 1776″:

“…will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

iu-14You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” (2)iu-15

(1 & 2). The Light and The Glory: Did God Have a Plan For America?, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, p. 309-11.

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