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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
John Adams. (1735–1826)
 
 
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    Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.
          Letter to Mrs. Adams, July 3, 1776.
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    The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.
          Letter to Mrs. Adams, July 3, 1776.
 

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