Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A New Wardrobe for Sam Adams

Blogger: Amber Schamel

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.

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8 comments:

  1. I love historical tidbits like this. Thanks for sharing. Had no idea poor Sam Adams was in such dire financial straits at that time.

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    1. Hi Shirley, Thanks for your comment.
      Sam's wife actually had to have a garden and do some mending etc to help earn ends meat. Their family sacrificed a lot for the sake of our freedom.

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  2. I enjoyed learning these facts about Samuel and his wife. Thanks for sharing and Congratulations Amber!

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    1. Thanks, Connie! So glad you enjoyed it. :D

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  3. Love history. Saw the mini series that starred Paul Giamatti. It was very good and very informative. Sam Adams sacrificed for our country! Politicians today should look back at what the founding fathers had to do to establish this great country!

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    1. You're so right, Paula! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Dawn of Liberty with Samuel Adams was a fantastic historical story. Thank you for this tidbit. Another showing of how God provided for someone who was serving Him while working for the people.

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    1. Aw, thanks Marilyn! God is good, isn't He? All the time.

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