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' A Soldier' to the Independent Sons of America

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TO THE INDEPENDENT SONS OF AMERICA.

By the favour of Providence, we have reached that political point which the wise have long seen to be the only foundation of safety — independence. Our work is now plain before us: to persevere to the end in supporting the declaration we have made to the world. To do this, every consideration urges us; to retreat is death, is slavery, calamities of every name, and all the gloomy horrours of the most odious and execrable tyranny; before us is all the glory of freedom, pregnant with every felicity our wishes can grasp or human nature enjoy. If we continue our exertions with that wisdom and magnanimity with which we began, liberty will soon triumph, wealth flow in through ten thousand channels, and America become the glory of all lands. Tyranny is now exerting her utmost power; and if resisted a little longer, George and all his murderers must bid adieu to America forever. Then we shall have the double honour and happiness of subduing the tyrants and enjoying liberty. The expense and dangers it has cost us will sweeten the blessing. If we have not suffered enough to make us duly prize the inestimable jewel, let us patiently bear what is yet to come. But if we continue in the ways of well-doing, we shall certainly succeed; for unerring Wisdom has told us "if we trust in the Lord and do good, we shall dwell in the land and be fed;" therefore, we have nothing to do but be faithful to God and our country, and the blessings we contend for will be the portion of us and

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our children. The prize of liberty is not to be gained in a day, nor bought with a small price, but is the reward of long labour and unremitted exertions; and a people are commonly made to realize their dependence on Heaven for so great a favour before they are crowned with complete success. The poor Dutch Provinces were oppressed by a Spanish tyrant, much like George of Britain, and they, although poor and small in number compared with the States of America, resisted the tyrant, who had at his command a great and rich nation, and, after a bloody contest of many years, gloriously triumphed in the complete freedom of their country. During the conflict, they were at some times reduced to such extreme difficulties as would have sunk any but free minds into absolute despair; but they were blessed with a succession of heroes and statesmen who wisely preferred liberty to every thing else, and persevered, through a long series of the severest calamities of every kind, with undiminished fervour in the glorious cause, until they arrived at the blissful period of independent States; and remain to this day a glorious monument of the supereminent virtue and valour of freemen. Let us imitate this bright example, and with them we shall shine in the history of mankind until the heavens are no more. The blood and treasure it may cost will heighten the value of liberty, and brighten the future days of peace and glory, when we or posterity shall recount the noble exertions and amazing intrepidity of those who were honoured by Heaven as the instruments of saving this great people from infernal tyranny. It will add to the joys of prosperity and sweeten the sacred triumph of freemen, when encircled with the charms of peace, to look back upon the trying scenes of the present time, and review the difficulties surmounted through a series of conflicts, while each moment was big with importance, and the fate of thousands hung upon every hour. A SOLDIER.

Boston, October 31, 1776.

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