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“All things, once seen, they didn’t just die, that couldn’t be. It must be then that somewhere, searching the world, perhaps in the dripping multiboxed honeycombs where light was an amber sap stored by pollen-fired bees, or in the thirty thousand lenses of the noon dragonfly’s gemmed skull you might find all the colors and sights of the world in any one year. Or pour one single drop of this dandelion wine beneath a microscope and perhaps the entire world of July Fourth would firework out in Vesuvius showers.”

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source: Dandelion Wine (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978), 160.

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“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.”

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

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notes: Congress voted for and approved the resolution of independence on July 2, which is why this letter is dated July 3, 1776. John Dunlap printed the first copies of the Declaration of Independence during the night of July 4. Delegates to the Continental Congress signed the document on August 2.

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