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While the bulk of the Continental Army retreated, the last units stayed in their trenches to hold off the British hand-tohand. That is where Major General Joseph Warren was last seen fighting, as a close-range bullet felled him. The British officers had him decapitated and bore his head to General Gage. Freedom is always the most precarious regime. Even a single generation can throw it all away. Every generation must decide. Joseph Warren had told the men of Massachusetts: Our country is in danger now, but not to be despaired of.

Jaffa, The House Divided, p. 329. 31. Letter to Henry L. Pierce and Others, April 6, 1859, in Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, 1859–1865, ed. Don Fehrenbacher (New York: The Library of America: 1989), p. 19. 32. To this famous sentence, Jefferson added: “I think a change already perceptible, since the origin of the present revolution. ” “Notes on the State of Virginia,” in Thomas Jefferson: Writings, ed. Merrill D. Peterson (New York: The Library of America, 1984), p. 289. These sentences indicate that Jefferson, too, saw the Declaration as an ideal already working in history.

Ford, Gaillard Hunt, et al. : Government Printing Office, 1904–1937), 15: 1191–92. The following are longer extracts: Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God, the father of mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their important struggle for liberty, against the long continued efforts of a powerful nation: it is the duty of all ranks to observe and thankfully acknowledge the interpositions of his Providence in their behalf. Through the whole of the contest, from its first rise to this time, the influence of Divine Providence may be clearly perceived.

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