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John Adams, the widely disliked delegate from Massachusettsis frustrated because Congress will not vote on, or even entertain debating, any of his proposals on independence. The other delegates, too preoccupied by the rising heat, implore him to sit down.
He reads the latest missive to his loving wife Abigailwho appears in his imagination. He asks if she and the other women are making saltpeter for the war effort, but she ignores him and states the women have a more urgent problem: They bicker about it until Adams gives in and they pledge their love to each other "Till Then".
Adams bemoans the failure of his arguments for independence; Franklin suggests that a resolution for independence would have more success if proposed by someone else. Richard Henry Lee of Virginia enters, having been summoned by Franklin. The cocky Lee crows that he is the best man to propose the resolution.
Adams has reservations, but Lee is convinced he cannot fail, as a member of the oldest and most glorious family in America: He is prepared to ask the Virginia House of Burgesses to authorize him to offer a pro-independence resolution. Scene Three[ edit ] June 7, Franklin and Adams enter, and the delegates, along with the President of Congress, John Hancockand the Secretary, Charles Thomsontake their places.
Hancock gavels the th meeting of the Congress to order. The entire New Jersey delegation is absent. Thomas Jeffersona young delegate from Virginiaannounces that he is leaving that night to visit his wife.
Soon after Hancock opens the floor to new resolutions, Richard Henry Lee canters into the chamber, having finally returned from Virginia. Lee reads his resolutionbut John Dickinson of Pennsylvania moves to indefinitely postpone the question of independence. A vote is taken; five colonies vote to debate the resolution and five vote for indefinite postponement; New York abstains "courteously" which becomes a running gag throughout the play and Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island, after a momentary absence, votes for debate.
As the debate proceeds, Caesar Rodney of Delaware is forced to return home due to poor health; Edward Rutledge of South Carolina moves to end the debate and proceed with the vote.
The New Jersey delegation arrives with orders to support independence, resulting in a split; New York again abstains "courteously", and Adams reminds Hancock, who supports independence, of his privilege as president to break ties. Dickinson then moves that any vote for independence must pass unanimouslyon the grounds that "no colony [may] be torn from its mother country without its own consent.
Hancock reasons that without unanimity, any colony voting against independence would be forced to fight on England's side, setting brother against brother. Adams, thinking fast, calls for a postponement of the vote on independence, expressing the need for a declaration defining the reasons for independence.
Franklin seconds Adams, but when asked why such a declaration should be written, both are lost for words until Thomas Jefferson provides them himself. The vote on postponement is called, producing yet another tie, with New York abstaining "courteously" yet again.
Hancock breaks the tie by voting in favor of postponement. Hancock adjourns the session over Jefferson's complaints that he must go home to his wife. The five argue about who should write the declaration "But, Mr. Adams" ; one by one, each member gives a reason for being unable to do it, until all eyes turn to Jefferson.
Jefferson tries to wriggle out, pleading that he has not seen his wife in six months. Adams, unmoved by Jefferson's arguments as he, too, misses his own wifequotes a passage of Jefferson's Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Armsbluntly telling Jefferson that he is the best writer in Congress.
Jefferson agrees to draft the document. Scene Four[ edit ] A week later, Adams and Franklin visit Jefferson to see how the work is coming along. Jefferson has spent the week moping, prompting a sharp rebuke by Adams, which is flatly rebuffed by Jefferson.BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard.
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