Our lessons in U.S. history—in the history of the birth of a nation and the power of a people behind it—continue today, with the continued story of the birth of America.
Before the Assembly adjourned, Samuel Adams was appointed to call on the Governor of the Province, Hutchinson, and demand the withdrawal of the British troops.
The request was granted; the troops were removed from Boston, but the incident was not closed. It had caused a situation destined to change the entire trend of civilization. Strange, isn’t it, how the great changes, such as the American Revolution, and the First World War, often have their beginnings in circumstances which seem unimportant? It is interesting, also, to observe that these important changes usually begin in the form of a definite decision in the minds of a relatively small number of people. Few of us know the history of the United States well enough to realize that John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Richard Henry Lee (of the Province of Virginia) were the real Fathers of the Country.
Richard Henry Lee became an important factor in this story for the simple fact that he and Samuel Adams communicated frequently (by correspondence), freely sharing their fears and their hopes concerning the welfare of the people of their Provinces. From this, 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 to solve their problems. Two years after the clash with the soldiers in Boston (March 1772), 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.”
Take note of this incident! It was the beginning of the organization of the far-flung power destined to give freedom to all U.S. citizens. 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.
We can all take a lesson from these historical lessons—the lesson that despite our independence, none of us exist or operate in a vacuum. There is much to be reaped from coordinating with people of like-minds and goals (not at all unlike what we are doing here today on this blog or with this series!).
Thank you, Napoleon Hill, for the great insights from your book: Think And Grow Rich
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