An Amazing Coincidence on July 4, 1826

Historic Ipswich

by Helen Breen



Regarding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote from Philadelphia to his wife Abigail in Braintree, Massachusetts: “It ought to be celebrated as a day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty … with pomp and parade, with shows, games, and sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward.”

The document, framed by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, had been carefully scrutinized before acceptance by John Adams. The lives of these two Founding Fathers were destined to intertwine until the day of their deaths. Political events in America had moved swiftly. The break with England was painful for many. The concept behind the Declaration was indeed revolutionary. Its dangers did not escape Adams who observed: “You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I…

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