The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams: Being a Narrative of His Acts and Opinions, and of His Agency in Producing and Forwarding the American Revolution - Vol. 1

The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams: Being a Narrative of His Acts and Opinions, and of His Agency in Producing and Forwarding the American Revolution - Vol. 1

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The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams: Being a Narrative of His Acts and Opinions, and of His Agency in Producing and Forwarding the American Revolution - Vol. 1

The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams: Being a Narrative of His Acts and Opinions, and of His Agency in Producing and Forwarding the American Revolution - Vol. 1

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An eminent statesman has said, that a "Life of Samuel Adams is the one niche remaining to be filled in American biography." It will not be questioned that, considering his entire self-devotion to the welfare of his countrymen, together with the oblivion which has enshrouded all but his mere name, an attempt at restoration is as much a necessity to those who revere virtue and exalted patriotism as it is a duty we owe to his memory.

"If," wrote John Adams, in 1819, "the American Revolution was a blessing, and not a curse, the name and character of Samuel Adams ought to be preserved. It will bear a strict and critical examination even by the inveterate malice of his enemies. A systematic course has been pursued for thirty years to run him down. His merits and services and sacrifices and sufferings are beyond all calculation."

Circumstances have for many years prevented the production of a work, to write which completely, it has been asserted, would be to repeat the story of the Revolution. And it is perhaps better that it has been so long deferred. With the additional facts which time has brought to light, it is likely that inaccuracies in a book written forty years ago might now be discovered. Placed nearer to the statue, the biographer would not have clearly discerned its true . . .

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