Jefferson wrote well but spoke so softly that it was extremely difficult to
understand him. Many times during
the Continental Congress, men would call out to “Speak up man.”
John Adams however, was a most eloquent speaker and consequently, along
with Benjamin Franklin the two were asked to collaborate on the Declaration of
was to write it and
was to present the paper for ratification by the states.
As is well known, the document was accepted and sent to the King of
. That simple act began the
American Revolution and ultimately led to the establishment of the
United States of America
4th would henceforth be known as the birthday of
; “But the Day is past. The
Day of July 1776 will be the most
memorable Epocha, in the History of
. - 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 Shews,
Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this
Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
The two men, Adams
the older and
the younger formed a deep and loving bond
like father to son.
Once the Revolution
was finished, it was the law of the land that men running for the presidency
would not have a running mate as is done today.
Instead, the man with the most votes became president and the one with
the next most would be vice president. Although
this first was thought to be a grand idea, it became apparent there was an
inherent flaw to this idea. The
president’s chief opponent was now in his administration.
This was the case when John Adams became the second president of the
was his vice president.
However, by this time the two men had grown apart politically and this
seriously affected their relationship.
believed in a firm federal government
that could help control the spread of
across the continent.
He thought a central banking system would stabilize the new economy and
provide for a national army.
however was staunchly opposed to any
attempts to centralize the government. He
felt that a people’s democracy free of government intervention was what was
needed and soon, the two men were locked in a bitter quarrel.
It ultimately led to a presidential campaign still considered one of the
most hateful in American history.
Adams to become the third president of the United States and Adams returned home
a very angry man.
After his two terms in office,
man would speak to the other.
Yet, after many years
had passed and the passions of politics began to fade, Adams who missed his old
friend Tom, sent a letter to
felt the same and what followed was a
series of letters which rank amongst the most magnificent documents in all of
American literature. These great men
of the Enlightenment wrote about philosophy, religion, art, architecture,
agriculture as well as other topics.
Given the distances
and the mode of travel in those days, the two men never saw each other again.
passed away July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the ratification of his now
world famous document and the establishment of the
Adams died shortly after on the same day...his last words were “Thomas
survives.” Jeffersonian democracy
The two men who had
brought a nation into existence died fifty years to the date of that nation’s
birth. People across the land were
now certain that the
was a creation protected by God Himself.