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"Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor"

It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the
southeast. Up especially early, a tall, bony, redheaded young Virginian
found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen
shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.

Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5:
and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room,
very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing
the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became
an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could
not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight
stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that
"the horseflies were dexterous in finding necks, and the silk of stocking
was as nothing to them." All discussion was punctuated by the slap of hands
on necks.

On the wall at the back, facing the President's desk, was a
panoply--consisting of a drum, swords, and banners seized from Fort
Ticonderoga the previous year. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold had captured
the place, shouting that they were taking it "in the name if the Great
Jehovah and the Continental Congress!"

Now Congress got to work, promptly taking up an emergency measure about
which there was discussion but no dissension. "Resolved: That an application
be made to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania for a supply of flints
for the troops at New York."

Then Congress transformed itself into a committee of the whole, The
Declaration of Independence was read aloud once more, and debate resumed.
Though Jefferson was the best writer of all of them, he had been somewhat
verbose. Congress hacked the excess away. They did a good job, as a
side-by-side comparison of the rough draft and the final text shows. They
cut the phrase "by a self-assumed power." "Climb" was replaced by "must
read," then "must" was eliminated, then the whole sentence, and soon the
whole paragraph was cut. Jefferson groaned as they continued what he later
called "their depredations." "Inherent and inalienable rights" came out
"certain unalienable rights," and to this day no one knows who suggested the
elegant change.

A total of 86 alterations were made. Almost 500 words were eliminated,
leaving 1,337. At last, after three days of wrangling, the document was put
to a vote.

Here in this hall Patrick Henry had once thundered: "I am no longer a
Virginian, Sir, but an American." But today the loud, sometimes bitter
argument stilled, and without fanfare the vote was taken from north to south
by colonies, as was the custom. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of
Independence was adopted.

There were no trumpets blown. No one stood on his chair and cheered. The
afternoon was waning and Congress had no thought of delaying the full
calendar of routine business on its hands. For several hours they worked on
many other problems before adjourning for the day.


Much to lose

What kind of men were the 56 signers who adopted the Declaration of
Independence and who, by their signing, committed an act of treason against
the Crown? To each of you the names Franklin, Adams, Hancock, and Jefferson
are almost as familiar as household words. Most of us, however, know nothing
of the other signers. Who were they? What happened to them?

I imagine that many of you are somewhat surprised at the names not there:
George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry. All were elsewhere.

Ben Franklin was the only really old man. Eighteen were under 40; three were
in their 20s. Of the 56, almost half--24--were judges and lawyers. Eleven
were merchants, 9 were land-owners and farmers, and the remaining 12 were
doctors, ministers, and politicians.

With only a few exceptions, such as Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, these
were men of substantial property. All but two had families. The vast
majority were men of education and standing in their communities. They had
economic security as few men had in the 18th century.

Each had more to lose from revolution than he had to gain by it. John
Hancock, one of the richest men in America, already had a price of 500
pounds on his head. He signed in enormous letter so "that his Majesty could
now read his name without glasses and could now double the reward." Ben
Franklin wryly noted: "Indeed we must all hang together, otherwise we shall
most assuredly hang separately." Fat Benjamin Harrison of Virginia told tiny
Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: "With me it will all be over in a minute,
but you, you will be dancing on air an hour after I am gone."

These men knew what they risked. The penalty for treason was death by
hanging. And remember: a great British fleet was already at anchor in New
York Harbor.

They were sober men. There were no dreamy-eyed intellectuals or draft card
burners here. They were far from hot-eyed fanatics, yammering for an
explosion. They simply asked for the status quo. It was change they
resisted. It was equality with the mother country they desired. It was
taxation with representation they sought. They were all conservatives, yet
they rebelled.

It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia.
Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became
state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States.
Several would go on to be U.S. Senators. One, the richest man in America, in
1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from
Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the
signers (it was he, Francis Hopkinson--not Betsy Ross--who designed the
United States flag).

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution
to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic
is his concluding remarks:

"Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy
day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and
to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law. The eyes of Europe
are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may
exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever increasing
tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an
asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repose. If we
are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American legislators
of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory
has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens."

Though the resolution was formally adopted July 4, it was not until July 8
that two of the states authorized their delegates to sign, and it was not
until August 2 that the signers met at Philadelphia to actually put their
names to the Declaration.

William Ellery, delegate from Rhode Island, was curious to see the signers'
faces as they committed this supreme act of personal courage. He saw some
men sign quickly, "but in no face was he able to discern real fear." Stephen
Hopkins, Ellery's colleague from Rhode Island, was a man past 60. As he
signed with a shaking pen, he declared: "My hand trembles, but my heart does


"Most glorious service"

Even before the list was published, the British marked down every member of
Congress suspected of having put his name to treason. All of them became the
objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken. Some, like Jefferson, had
narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds

Francis Lewis, New York delegate, saw his home plundered and his estates,
in what is now Harlem, completely destroyed by British soldiers. Mrs. Lewis
was captured and treated with great brutality. Though she was later
exchanged for two British prisoners through the efforts of Congress, she
died from the effects of her abuse.

William Floyd, another New York delegate, was able to escape with his wife
and children across Long Island Sound to Connecticut, where they lived as
refugees without income for seven years. When they came home, they found a
devastated ruin.

Phillips Livingstone had all his great holdings in New York confiscated and
his family driven out of their home. Livingstone died in 1778 still working
in Congress for the cause.

Louis Morris, the fourth New York delegate, saw all his timber, crops, and
livestock taken. For seven years he was barred from his home and family.

John Hart of Trenton, New Jersey, risked his life to return home to see his
dying wife. Hessian soldiers rode after him, and he escaped in the woods.
While his wife lay on her deathbed, the soldiers ruined his farm and wrecked
his Homestead. Hart, 65, slept in caves and woods as he was hunted across
the countryside. When at long last, emaciated by hardship, he was able to
sneak home, he found his wife had already been buried, and his 13 children
taken away. He never saw them again. He died a broken man in 1779, without
ever finding his family.

Dr. John Witherspoon, signer, was president of the College of New Jersey,
later called Princeton. The British occupied the town of Princeton, and
billeted troops in the college. They trampled and burned the finest college
library in the country.

Judge Richard Stockton, another New Jersey delegate signer, had rushed back
to his estate in an effort to evacuate his wife and children. The family
found refuge with friends, but a sympathizer betrayed them. Judge Stockton
was pulled from bed in the night and brutally beaten by the arresting
soldiers. Thrown into a common jail, he was deliberately starved. Congress
finally arranged for Stockton's parole, but his health was ruined. The judge
was released as an invalid, when he could no longer harm the British cause.
He returned home to find his estate looted and did not live to see the
triumph of the evolution. His family was forced to live off charity.

Robert Morris, merchant prince of Philadelphia, delegate and signer, met
Washington's appeals and pleas for money year after year. He made and raised
arms and provisions which made it possible for Washington to cross the
Delaware at Trenton. In the process he lost 150 ships at sea, bleeding his
own fortune and credit almost dry.

George Clymer, Pennsylvania signer, escaped with his family from their
home, but their property was completely destroyed by the British in the
Germantown and Brandywine campaigns.

Dr. Benjamin Rush, also from Pennsylvania, was forced to flee to Maryland.
As a heroic surgeon with the army, Rush had several narrow escapes.

John Morton, a Tory in his views previous to the debate, lived in a
strongly loyalist area of Pennsylvania. When he came out for independence,
most of his neighbors and even some of his relatives ostracized him. He was
a sensitive and troubled man, and many believed this action killed him. When
he died in 1777, his last words to his tormentors were: "Tell them that they
will live to see the hour when they shall acknowledge it [the signing] to
have been the most glorious service that I rendered to my country."

William Ellery, Rhode Island delegate, saw his property and home burned to
the ground.

Thomas Lynch, Jr., South Carolina delegate, had his health broken from
privation and exposures while serving as a company commander in the
military. His doctors ordered him to seek a cure in the West Indies and on
the voyage He and his young bride were drowned at sea.

Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jr., the other three
South Carolina signers, were taken by the British in the siege of
Charleston. They were carried as prisoners of war to St. Augustine, Florida,
where they were singled out for indignities. They were exchanged at the end
of the war, the British in the meantime having completely devastated their
large land holdings and estates.

Thomas Nelson, signer of Virginia, was at the front in command of the
Virginia military forces. With British General Charles Cornwallis in
Yorktown, fire from 70 heavy American guns began to destroy Yorktown piece
by piece. Lord Cornwallis and his staff moved their headquarters into
Nelson's palatial home. While American cannonballs were making a shambles of
the town, the house of Governor Nelson remained untouched. Nelson turned in
rage to the American gunners and asked, "Why do you spare my home?" They
replied, "Sir, out of respect to you." Nelson cried, "Give me the cannon!"
and fired on his magnificent home himself, smashing it to bits. But Nelson's
sacrifice was not quite over. He had raised $2 million for the Revolutionary
cause by pledging his own estates. When the loans came due, a newer
peacetime Congress refused to honor them, and Nelson's property was
forfeited. He was never reimbursed. He died, impoverished, a few years later
at the age of 50.


Lives, fortunes, honor

Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds
or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case
with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost
his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or
another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers
had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet
not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the
nation they sacrificed so much to create, is still intact.

And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark.

He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were
captured and sent to the infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York
harbor known as the hell ship "Jersey," where 11,000 American captives were
to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of
their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost
in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark
for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if
he would recant and come out for the King and parliament. The utter despair
in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each
one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."


The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence proved by their every deed
that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain
line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm
reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each
other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

Rush H. Limbaugh, Jr.
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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