The Road to Philadelphia – August 2014

“A GRAND SCENE OPEN BEFORE ME”

by James Still, ©2014

John Adams was a lawyer and statesman who assisted Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence. He also wrote the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and served as the second President of the United States.

(Aug. 1, 2014) — During the summer of 1774, the Colonies agreed to send delegates to Philadelphia to form the first Continental Congress.  “There is a new, and a grand Scene open before me—a Congress…  I will keep an exact Diary, of my Journey, as well as a Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress.”  John Adams, Entry in Diary, June 20, 1774

August 10:  “The [Massachusetts] committee for the Congress took their departure from Boston… amidst the kind wishes and fervent prayers of every man in the company for our health and success. This scene was truly affecting, beyond all description affecting.”   John Adams, Entry in Diary

August 16:  “At four We made for N[ew] Haven. 7 Miles out of Town at a Tavern We met a great Number of Carriages and of Horse Men who had come out to meet us…  As We came into the Town all the Bells in Town were set to ringing, and… the Cannon were fired, about a Dozen Guns I think.  These Expressions of Respect to Us, are intended as Demonstrations of the Sympathy of this People with the Massachusetts Bay and its Capital…”  John Adams, Entry in Diary

August 29:  “After Dinner We stopped at Frankfort [Frankford] about five Miles out of Town.  A Number of Carriages and Gentlemen came out of Philadelphia to meet us…  We then rode into Town, and dirty, dusty, and fatigued as we were, we could not resist the Importunity, to go to the Tavern…”  John Adams, Entry in Diary

September 5:  “At Ten, The Delegates all met at the City Tavern, and walked to the Carpenters Hall, where they took a View of the Room…  The General Cry was, that this was a good Room, and the Question was put, whether We were satisfied with this Room, and it passed in the Affirmative.”  John Adams, Entry in Diary

James Still, JamesStill@RetraceOurSteps.com

“…  I have taken a long Walk…  I wander alone, and ponder…  The Objects before me, are too grand, and multifarious [many parts] for my Comprehension…   I feel unutterable Anxiety.  —God grant us Wisdom, and Fortitude!”  John Adams, Entry in Diary, June 25, 1774

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“Should the Opposition be suppressed, should this Country submit, what Infamy and Ruin!  God forbid.  Death in any Form is less terrible.”  John Adams, Entry in Diary, June 25, 1774

One Response to "The Road to Philadelphia – August 2014"

  1. richard gorman   Friday, August 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Born there, grew up there, have walked in and dined in these very rooms mentioned — that is why I always express my opinions with passion — that we must ACT LIKE OUR BRAVE FOUNDERS. All else is just noise and blather and whining, and signifies NOTHING.

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