John Adams


of the

Beginning of the Independence Movement

Quincy, Mass., 9 March 1809, to Jedediah Morse


"The Writ of Assistance ought to be distinctly marked as the first Proof of a design in the Government of Great Britain to tax the Colonies, and of the Resolution of the People of America to resist such Taxation. That Argument convinced me that Great Britain was setting up a Claim that She never would abandon and the Colonies were commencing an opposition in which they would forever persevere, and that the Consequence must be Sooner or later a separation of the two Countries."