Samuel Adams: The Basis of Public Happiness

Liberty Letters, Samuel Adams, 1764

Being Members of the Legislative Body, you will have a special Regard to the Morals of this People, which are the Basis of public Happiness; and endeavor to have such Laws made if any are still wanting as shall be best adapted to secure them.


Source: Samuel Adams, “Instructions of the Town of Boston to Its Representatives in the General Court, May, 1764.” [MS., Boston Public Library; a text appears in Boston Record Commissioners’ Report, vol. 16, pp. 120-122.], as quoted in “The Writings of Samuel Adams,” by Samuel Adams, collected and edited by Harry Alonzo Cushing, G.P. Putnan’s Sons, New York and London, 1904.


Liberty Letters are researched, compiled, and edited (with occasional commentary, explanatory notes, spelling modernizations and paragraph reformatting for easier reading) by Steve Farrell. Copyright © 2011 Steve Farrell and The Moral Liberal.