Of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence:
- 11 had their homes destroyed
- 5 were hunted and captured
- Abraham Clark had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey
- John Witherspoon’s son was killed in battle
- Francis Lewis’ wife was imprisoned and died from the harsh treatment
- Many, such as Thomas Nelson and Carter Braxton, lost their fortunes
- 9 died during the War.
After the Declaration was signed, John Adams wrote:
“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.
“Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.
“And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
With equal veneration we are reminded of another One whose blood alone authoritatively signed our independence from the dictates of sin:
“Christ also suffered for us . . .
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered He threatened not; . . . Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree; that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed” (I Peter 2:21, 23, 24).
Facts and quote taken from Bill Federer’s American Minute