The Fourth of July has been celebrated in Philadelphia in the manner I expected. The military men, and particularly one of them, ran away with all the glory of the day. Scarcely a word was said of the solicitude and labors and fears and sorrows and sleepless nights of the men who projected, proposed, defended and subscribed the Declaration of Independence.
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Source Notes: Letter to John Adams, 20 July 1811, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997.) The "particular" military man Rush refers to is George Washington, considered by Rush to be a kind of tyrant over the American people.
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