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Rhode Island Signers of Declaration of Independence
William Ellery to Ezra Stiles (July 20, 1776) IV, 498.
“...We have been driven into a Declar of Independency & must forget our former Love for our British Brethren. The Sword must Determine our Quarrel. Our Repulse from Canada is disagreeable, but we must expect repeated Defeats. The Road to Liberty, like the Road to Heaven is strewed with Thorns. Virtue lives in Exertion. But thank Providence, altho’ our Northern Army hath been unsuccessful,our Southern Forces under Gen. Lee have been successful.”
William Ellery to Nicholas Cooke (December 25, 1776) IV, 653.
“...I hope in God better Fortune will attend our future Operations.”
William Ellery to William Vernon (Mar. 16, 1778) IX, 302.
“...With the Aid of Heaven we will crush the Serpents head next Summer, and force our Enemies to be at peace with Us!”
William Ellery to Nicolas Cooke (Apr. 5, 1778) IX, 371.
“...Out of 3600 which were lately inoculated at Valley Forge, 11 only died of the small pox.”
William Ellery to Christopher Ellery (Jan. 26, 1778) XI, 517-518.
“...When the war will end I know not; but I hope it will not extend beyond this year at farthest. It will end sooner if the divine Providence should remove from British Councils that infatuation which has so long prevailed in them; but quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat [Those whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad.]”
Stephen Hopkins to Ruth Hopkins (November 15,1775) II, 351.
“...I am in very good Health as your Mother also is wishing we might return to you. When that will be Heaven only knows.”
Stephen Hopkins to Henry Ward (March 27, 1776) III, 451-452.
“I am very sorry to be under the necessity of writing so disagreeable News, as the death of your brother the honorable Samuel Ward Esqr. must be. He first found himself a little out of order, on Wednesday the 13th of March, and on that and the two following days, he attended Congress, but on the last of them he was so poorly as to be obliged to leave it before it rose, and on Saturday the 16th in the morning the small Pox appeared plainly and very full upon him. To this time, and for some days after, the Symptoms appeared favourable, and the doctors Young and Bond, who attended him, thought not at all dangerous. Tho’ I confess for myself, I was apprehensive of danger much sooner than they. The Symptoms every day, until Friday the 22nd, when the Doctors themselves began to be much alarmed. His face was now excessively swelled, his breathing difficult, and his throat much obstructed by Phlegm. He continued, with the bad Symptoms rather increasing, until yesterday morning about two o’clock, when he expired without a groan or Struggle. He appeared to have retained his senses quite thro’ his whole disorder, even to the last.
“His funeral is to be attended, this day at three o’clock, by the Congress as Mourners- by the General Assembly of the Province of Pennslyvania- by the Mayor and Corporation of the City of Philadelphia- the Committee of safety of the Province, and the Committee of inspection of the city and liberties- the Clergy of all denominations preceding the Corpse- Six very respectable Gentlemen of this city being Pallbearers. He will be carried into the Great Presbyterian Meeting house in Arch Street, where a Funeral discourse will be delivered by the revd. Mr. Stillman. The Corpse will from thence be carried to the Baptist burying ground in this city & there interred.”