One of the fun tidbits I learned while researching for the Dawn of Liberty series was in regards to a very special gift that Samuel Adams received from his constituents.
Sam was a politician, and that was his heart. He spend hours upon hours in political committees, writing letters and articles, and lobbying in whatever way possible. However, his fault was that he was not very good when it came to finances. Most of his work was without pay, and the job he did have paid very little.
As he was preparing to go to Continental Congress, he was badly in need of a new suit of clothes, but of course he couldn't afford them. One night as he was eating dinner with his family, there was a knock at the door. He opened the door to find one of Boston's finest tailors on his doorstep. "Mr. Adams, I am here to fit you for a new suit of clothes." As the tailor left he said, "Don't worry about the price, Mr. Adams. Consider it a gift of thanks from the people of Boston."
A short time later, another knock sounded. This time it was the cobbler. He fitted Sam with a smart new pair of shoes, again, as a gift from the folks in Boston who so appreciated his dedication to their interests and cause.
This gift was very humbling for Sam. It was a gesture he would never forget as he headed off to the Continental Congress looking almost as sharp as John Hancock.
My book, Dawn of Liberty is in the running for the CSPA Book of the Year award! Sam and I would be so grateful if you'd stop by and cast your honest vote in the contest.
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