Samuel Adams: “Matters of this kind…are Serious Things”

Samuel AdamsThey Were Believers, Samuel Adams, 1778

In this letter to the Earl of Carlisle and Others, Samuel Adams responds as to the justness of their cause, and their hope and prayer that God and Christ will vindicate it:

You have told Congress, “if, after the time that may be necessary to consider this communication and transmit your answer, the horrors and devastations of war should continue, we call God and the world to witness that the evils which must follow are not to be imputed to Great Britain.” I wish you had spared your protestation. Matters of this kind may appear to you in a trivial light, as mere ornamental flowers of rhetoric, but they are serious things, registered in the high chancery of Heaven. Remember the awful abuse of words like those by General Burgoyne, and remember his fate. There is One above us who will take exemplary vengeance for every insult upon His majesty. You know that the cause of America is just. You know that she contends for that freedom to which all men are entitled,—that she contends against oppression, rapine, and more than savage barbarity. The blood of the innocent is upon your hands, and all the waters of the ocean will not wash it away. We again make our solemn appeal to the God of heaven to decide between you and us. And we pray that, in the doubtful scale of battle, we may be successful as we have justice on our side, and that the merciful Saviour of the world may forgive our oppressors.

I am, my Lords and Gentlemen, the friend of human nature, and one who glories in the title of An American.


Source: Samuel Adams. Excerpt taken from his “FROM AN AMERICAN” letter “to THE EARL OF CARLISLE AND OTHERS,” dated July 16, 1778, as found in W. V. Wells, Life of Samuel Adams, Volume III, pp. 18-26; printed in the Massachusetts Spy, July 16, 1778.


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