... But Boston, having shown that she could do without tea, and without commerce, was about to show she could also do without George.
Nobody but Americans could govern America. The people were too intelligent, too active, too various-minded, too full of native quality and genius to be ruled from abroad. If they were to fall under foreign subjection, they would become a dead weight in the world, instead of a source of life; as Adams said, every increase in population would be an increase in slaves. And that they preferred death to slavery was every day becoming increasingly manifest. They felt that the future was with them, and that they must have space and freedom to bring it forth.