Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Day 26, February 20

Why risk everything--reputation, property, even  life--for soldiers who fought for the British whom Adams vehemently opposed?  Adams recognized the importance of a fair trial for the accused as one of the tenets upon which he wanted America to be built.. He later wrote that he risked infamy even death, and incurred suspicion and prejudice, for the sense of duty he felt to offer the British soldiers an adequate defense.

 Of his decision to represent the British soldiers, Adams wrote in his diary:  "The part I took in defense of captain Preston and the soldiers, procured me anxiety enough. It was, however, one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested actions of my whole life, and one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country. Judgment of death against those soldiers would have been as foul a stain upon this country as the executions of the Quakers or witches, anciently.”

1 comment:

  1. Where has this consciencious mentality gone? Upholding what is right in order to build up the integrity of the country vs. taking a stance knowing it will bring individual notoriety??