THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and
the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of
their country; but he that stands it _now_, deserves the love and thanks of
man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we
have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more
glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:
it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to
put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so
celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with
an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (_not_
_only_ _to_ TAX) but "To BIND _us_ _in_ ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being
_bound_ _in_ _that_ _manner_, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as
slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited
a power can belong only to God.
Whether the independence . . .