On the eve of the vote for American independence, John Adams, who was both concerned that the vote would not pass, since it had to be unanimous, yet could clearly see in his mind a new nation. That night he put pen to paper and wrote his beloved Abigail these words:
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, withShews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
You 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.
You can view this in his actual hand HERE
The movie 1776, took inspiration from this letter and carefully included the highlighted parts that he was about to write to his wife.
Here is the clip of that song. It captures the hopes and dreams of Adams, who fought so hard to get the Continental Congress to vote for American independence.
Thank you John Adams.
Happy Independence Day to all of you.