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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (8/10/05)

GENEROSITY OF JOHN HANCOCK

During the siege at Boston, General Washington consulted Congress upon the propriety of bombarding the town of Boston. Mr. Hancock was then President of Congress. After General Washington's letter was read, a solemn silence ensued. This was broken by a member making a motion that the House should resolve itself into a committee of the whole, in order that Mr. Hancock might give his opinion upon the important subject, as he was deeply interested from having all his estate in Boston. After he left the chair, he addressed the chairman of the committee of the whole, in the following words. "It is true, sir, nearly all the property I have in the world is in house and other real estate in the town of Boston; but if the expulsion of the British army from it, and the liberties of our country require their being burnt to ashes --issue the order for that purpose immediately!"

Taken from "THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, INCLUDING ALSO THE BEAUTIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY"(1859)

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