Nil Desperandum — Samuel Adams

Liberty Letters with Steve Farrell

Human nature being what it is, patriotic fervor tends to come and go.

In 1772, when it seemed to be more going than coming, James Warren reported to Samuel Adams from Plymouth about the towns he had been canvassing: “They are dead,” he lamented, “and the dead can’t be raised without a miracle.”

“Nil desperandum” (Never despair), Adams reminded his friend. “That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead. And where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.” (1)

This must be our resolution as well, today, now. Wherever we see the light flickering out in a neighbor, neighborhood, organization, legislature, or even an Internet community, we must be wise enough, faithful enough, enduring enough to never despair but rather do all in our power to rekindle flames here and there that not a one is snuffed out … not a one, not for a moment.

The work is too vital; the cause Heavenly. No faithless slacking for me and thee. On to victory on.

Steve Far­rell is one of the orig­i­nal pun­dits at Sil­ver Eddy Award Win­ner, (1999–2008), asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of polit­i­cal econ­omy at George Wythe Uni­ver­sity, the author of the highly praised inspi­ra­tional novel “Dark Rose,” and edi­tor in chief of The Moral Liberal.

Footnote: Langguth, A.J. “Patriots: The Men Who Started the Revolution,” p. 170.


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