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Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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April 1776

April 4, 1776
Acting on earlier intelligence, George Washington leaves Boston to travel to New York.

April 12, 1776
Independence is on the mind of John Adams, who writes to Abigail Adams:

“You will see by the papers, the news, the speculations and the political plans of the day. The ports are opened wide enough at last, and [privateers] are allowed to prey upon British trade. 

This is not independency you know. -- What is? Why government in every colony, a confederation among them all, and treaties with foreign nations to acknowledge us a sovereign state, and all that. -- When these things will be done, or any of them, time must discover. Perhaps the time is near, perhaps a great way off.”

April 14, 1776 
Washington arrives in New York to prepare for a British attack.

April 19, 1776
The 19 of April [1775 is] ever memorable for America as the Ides of March to Rome and Caesar” Abigail Adams reflects on Lexington & Concord’s first anniversary, when the British marched to retrieve gun powder and other supplies of the American militia. Both sides claimed the other fired the first shot of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775.

April 23, 1776
April 23 is St. George’s Day, designated in 1222. St. George is the patron saint of England and many other regions and countries. In 1776, John Adams heard from his barber how the divisions of patriots and loyalists affected celebrations of St. George’s Day in Philadelphia

“This is St. George’s Day, a festival celebrated by the English, as Saint Patrick’s is by the Irish, St. David’s by the Welch, and St. Andrew’s by the Scotch. 

The natives of old England in this city heretofore formed a society, which they called Saint George's Club, or Saint George’s Society. Upon the twenty-third of April annually, they had a great feast. 

But the times and politics have made a schism in the society so that one part of them are to meet and dine at the city tavern, and the other at the Bunch of Grapes, Israel Jacobs’s, and a third Party go out of town. One set are staunch Americans, another staunch Britons. I suppose, and a third half-way men, neutral beings, moderate men, prudent folks -- for such is the division among men upon all occasions and every question.”

April 28,1776
John writes Abigail Adams.

“We are hastening rapidly to great events. Governments will be up everywhere before midsummer, and an end to Royal style, titles and authority. Such mighty revolutions make a deep impression on the minds of me and set [many violent] passions at work. Hope, fear, joy, sorrow, love, hatred, malice, envy, revenge, jealousy, ambition, avarice, resentment, gratitude, and every other passion, feeling, sentiment, principle and imagination, were never in more lively exercise than they are now, from Florida to Canada inclusively. May God in his Providence overrule the whole.”


Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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