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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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May 1776

Revolutionary Honor and Nathanael Greene

Brigadier General Nathanael Greene writes to George Washington. Washington had recently entrusted Greene to command Boston after the British military evacuated it.

“I wish my ability to deserve [a promotion] was equal to my inclination to merit. How far I have succeeded in my endeavors, I submit to your Excellency’s better judgment . . . I feel myself strongly attached to the cause, to the Continental Congress, and to your Excellency’s person,” Greene writes. 

John Witherspoon

A delegate to the Continental Congress and a member of the clergy. John Witherspoon gives a sermon on the meaning of Providence to his congregation. 

“There is not a greater evidence either of the reality or the power of religion, than a firm belief of God’s universal presence, and a constant attention to the influence and operation of his providence,” Presbyterian minister John Witherspoon states from his Princeton, New Jersey, pulpit. 

“It is by this means [Providence] that the Christian may be said, in the emphatical scripture language, ‘to walk with God, and to endure as seeing him who is invisible.”

Revolutionary Faith George Duffield

May 17, 1776
John Adams writes to Abigail about hearing a sermon in Philadelphia as the Continental Congress begins to meet for the summer:

“I have this morning heard Mr. Duffil [George Duffield] upon the signs of the times. He run a parallel between the case of Israel and that of America, and between the conduct of Pharaoh and that of [King] George. . . He concluded that the course of events indicated strongly the design of Providence that we should be separated from G. Britain.”

Adams wonders what his role will be in the cause of independence:

“When I consider the great events which are passed, and those greater which are rapidly advancing, and that I may have been instrumental of touching some springs and turning some small wheels . . . I feel an awe upon my mind, which is not easily described. . . [Great Britain] has at last driven America to the last step, a complete separation from her, a total absolute independence, not only of her Parliament but of her crown,” he adds, noting that there is something very “unnatural and odious” in a government that is “1000 leagues” away.

Independence Required Faith in 1776

May 29, 1776
“I cannot but take notice how wonderfully Providence has smiled upon us by causing the several colonies to unite so firmly together against the tyranny of Great Britain,” writes Samuel West, a soldier and minister who speaks to the to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. “They [the English government] are robbing us of the inalienable rights that the God of nature has given us.”


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

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