John Adams – June 1, 1774

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s June 1, 1774. I’m with John Adams in his carriage, approaching the top of Boston Hill.

JG: “Mr. Adams, what are your thoughts as you look down on the city of Boston, imprisoned by the British?”

JA: “John, we live in an age of trial and, unfortunately, the town of Boston must suffer, but my principle consolation is that it dies in a noble cause – the cause of truth, of virtue, of liberty, and of humanity.”

Bostonians did suffer and it took eight long years to break the chains of British tyranny, but, in the end, the noble cause of liberty prevailed.

Read the full text of John Adams’ letter to his wife, Abigail Adams, where he writes about the fate of Boston.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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