Unformatted text preview: f us know the history of our country well
enough to realize that John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Richard Henry Lee (of
the Province of Virginia) were the real Fathers of our Country.
Richard Henry Lee became an important factor in this story by reason of the fact
that he and Samuel Adams communicated frequently (by correspondence), sharing freely their fears and their hopes concerning the welfare of the people of their
Provinces. From this practice, Adams conceived the idea that a mutual exchange
of letters between the thirteen Colonies might help to bring about the coordination of effort so badly needed in connection with the solution of their problems.
Two years after the clash with the soldiers in Boston (March `72), Adams presented this idea to the Assembly, in the form of a motion that a Correspondence
Committee be established among the Colonies, with deﬁnitely appointed correspondents in each Colony, “for the purpose of friendly cooperation for the betterment of the Colonies of British America.”
Mark well this incident! It was the beginning of the organization of the far-ﬂung
POWER destined to give freedom to you, and to me. The Master Mind had already
been organized. It consisted of Adams, Lee, and Hancock. “I tell you further, that
if two of you agree upon the earth concerning anything for which you ask, it will
come to you from My Father, who is in Heaven.”
The Committee of Correspondence was organized. Observe that this move provided the way for increasing the power of the Master Mind by adding to it men
from all the Colonies. Take notice that this procedure constituted the ﬁrst ORGANIZED PLANNING of the disgruntled Colonists.
In union there is strength! The citizens of the Colonies had been waging disorganized warfare against the British soldiers, through incidents similar to the Boston
riot, but nothing of beneﬁt had been accomplished. Their individual grievances
had not been consolidated under one Master Mind. No group of individuals had
put their hearts, minds, souls, and bodies together in one deﬁnite DECISION to
settle their difﬁculty with the British once and for all, until Adams, Hancock, and
Lee got together. 132 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Meanwhile, the British were not idle. They, too, were doing some PLANNING
and “Master-Minding” on their own account, with the advantage of having back
of them money, and organized soldiery. The Crown appointed Gage to supplant
Hutchinson as the Governor of Massachusetts. One of the new Governor’s ﬁrst
acts was to send a messenger to call on Samuel Adams, for the purpose of endeavoring to stop his opposition-by FEAR.
We can best understand the spirit of what happened by quoting the conversation
between Col. Fenton, (the messenger sent by Gage), and Adams.
Col. Fenton: “I have been authorized by Governor Gage, to assure you, Mr. Adams, that the Governor has been empowered to confer upon you such beneﬁts
as would be satisfactory, [endeavor to win Adams by promise of bribes], upon
the condition that you engage to cease in your opposition to the measures of the
government. It is the Governor’s advice to you, Sir, not to incur the further displeasure of his majest...
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