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Nobody Remembers: Sam Adam’s Speech At York

Nobody Remembers

On Veterans Day, I was reading about what was probably the darkest moment in the American Revolution. It was late September 1777. The Brits controlled New York, and the Americans had lost Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York that July. In Delaware on September 11, George Washington lost the Battle of Brandywine: 200 Americans were killed, 500 wounded, and 400 captured. In Pennsylvania, on September 21, another 300 Americans were killed or wounded and 100 captured, in the Paoli Massacre.  Washington’s army had been walking in the rain, and their ammunition was soaked and useless.  At Valley Forge, 1,000 of Washington’s 9,000 troops were shoe less, and left bloody footprints in the snow. They lived on flour and water.vally forge

The British captured Philadelphia on September 26, and the Congress had to flee for their lives. Of the fifty-six who had signed the Declaration, only twenty remained as they gathered for a private meeting in York.

It was their darkest hour.  John Adams remarked “The prospect is chilling, on every Side. Gloomy, dark, melancholy, and dispiriting.”

But Sam Adams, who was there, gave the speech everyone needed to hear:

From Samuel Adams, A Life, by Ira Stool (p. 3)

One of those present was John Adams’s cousin, the patriot leader Samuel Adams.  His first wife and four of their children died of natural causes before the war began. At the Battle of Bunker Hill, British officers decapitated Samuel Adam’s close friend Joseph Warren and presented his head as a trophy to the British commanding general. Samuel Adams had spent the better part of three years at the Congress in Philadelphia separated from his two surviving children and his second wife. “Matters seem to be drawing to a crisis.” he had written her recently. Back in Boston, the British soldiers ripped out the pews of Old South Church, where Samuel Adams’ father had once worshiped, covered the floor with dirt, and used the church as a riding academy. Samuel Adam’s own house in Boston was vandalized by British troops so badly that it was uninhabitable. If the Revolutions failed, Samuel Adams could expect to meet the same fate at the hands of the British as Warren.


Yet on that day in York in late September 1777, Samuel Adams, a slightly heavy, gray haired fifty- five- year-old with large dark blue eyes, a prominent nose, and a high forehead, gave his fellow member so Congress a talk of encouragement.Sam Adams

“If we despond, public confidence is destroyed, the people will no longer yield their support to a hopeless contest and American liberty is no more, ” Samuel Adams said in the voice John Adams described as clear and harmonious. “

“Through the darkness which shrouds our prospects the ark of safety is visible. Despondency becomes not the dignity of our cause, nor the character of those who are its supporters.” 


Me and Sam, 2000

Me and Sam, 2000

 Sam went on :

“Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit,—a spirit that shall inspire the people with confidence in themselves and in us, —a spirit that will encourage them to perseveres in this glorious struggle, until their rights and liberties shall be establish on a rock. We have proclaimed to the world our determination “to die freemen, rather than to live slaves.” We have appealed to Heaven for the justice of our cause, and in Heaven we have placed out trust. Numerous have been the manifestations of God’s providence in sustaining us. In the gloomy period of adversity, we have had “our cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.” We have been reduced to distress, and the arm of Omnipotence has raised us up. Let us still rely in humble confidence on Him who is mighty to save, Good tidings will soon arrive. We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection. “

And that’s the key isn’t it? Are we WORTHY of God’s aid and protection? Sam was.

Nobody Wonders. 

 

 

November 13, 2015 - Posted by | American History, Uncategorized | ,

3 Comments »

  1. As a forgotten speech it stands in my estimation with content so pertinent to our day and challenges. We as a nation have lost sight of almost all christian principles. “As for me and my house we shall serve the lord” should be the cry of all Christians, pleading for this nation to be preserved as did “Lot” Can we find the just men and women to turn our nation back to our God?.

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    Comment by John Clements | August 7, 2016 | Reply

  2. The Republican candidates could take a lesson from Sam Adams.

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    Comment by snopercod | November 13, 2015 | Reply


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