“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.”

Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife, Abigail Adams (New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1976), 194.
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