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On This Day 4/30/1776
5/23/2011 6:40:26 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]


Samuel Adams write of hope for more battles


In a letter to Reverend Samuel Cooper, Samuel Adams writes of his hopes for another battle between British and American troops, stating his belief that:

"One battle would do more towards a
"Declaration of Independence"
than a long chain of conclusive
arguments in a provincial convention
or the Continental Congress"

At the time of the letters composition, General George Washington had successfully driven the British troops from Boston, Massachusetts with his victory at "Dorchester Heights" on March 17, 1776. TheBritish were left with very meager footholds in North America, Quebec, the Floridas, and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Fifteen days after Samuel Adams wished for bloodshed, the colonies effectively overthrew the British on the strength of the pen, not the sword. Emboldened by the impassioned words of Thomas Paine in his pamphlet, "Common Sense", the people of Pennsylvania and New Jersey followed the congressional injunction of May 15, 1776 to take "every kind of authority" from the British Crown, and overthrew their Royal governments.

New York, Delaware, and Maryland soon followed suit. By June, 1776 Thomas Jefferson began to draft the "Declaration of Independence" with John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin at his side. Reverend Cooper, the recipient of Samuel Adams letter, played a quiet, but influential role in the "American Revolution". Installed at the Brattle Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts since 1746, he soon became one of the most popular preachers in the country.

Founded in 1699, the Brattle Street Church was known for its rejection of conservative Calvinism and its influence on Harvard University, which, like the church was becoming increasingly liberal. The Brattle Street Church eventually rejected the concept of of the Christian trinity and became Unitarian.

Reverend Cooper was devoted to both religious and civil liberties and was an early critic of British policy in America. In addition to writing some political works, his vociferously shared these sentiments with his Brattle Street congregation, which included John Hancock, James Bowdoin, and John Adams.

Samuel Adams, his fellow Massachusetts Patriot James Otis and Benjamin Franklin were also among Reverend Cooper's circle of friends. Reverend Cooper's political writing were popular abroad and he worked with his foreign acquaintances to cement Americas alliance with Europe during the "American Revolution". Reverend Cooper was seen as so instrumental in lobbying for the Patriot alliance with France, negotiated with his friend Benjamin Franklin, that he received a stipend from the French Crown.



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Samuel Cooper Reverend
Samuel Adams American Patriot
George Washington American General
President, USA
Thomas Paine American Patriot, Author
Thomas Jefferson American Patriot
President, USA
John Adams American Patriot
President, USA
Benjamin Franklin American Patriot
John Hancock American Patriot
James Bowdoin American Patriot
James Otis American Patriot


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