Character Matters!! Loyalty (Josiah Bartlett) Page 3
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When in May 1774, Dr. Bartlett was appointed as a member of the New Hampshire Committee of Safety, itwas said that
Governor Wentworth became
The next year, in order to place a barrier inthe path of this Committee of Safety and Dr. Bartlett, as well as to prevent other similaractions/appointments, the Royal Governor dissolved the New Hampshire Assembly.² In spite of
bold actions, the New Hampshire Assembly re-assembled; and Dr. Bartlett pressedon as the head of that defiant movement. Not surprisingly, Governor Wentworth again launched outagainst the doctor as he struck
Dr. Bartlett’s name from the magistracy
list and then deprived Dr. Bartlettof his military commission. Dr. Bartlett was dismissed from all of his appointed offices for his openresistance to the Crown.³ Amazingly,
Dr. Bartlett’s story of
loyalty does not end there! The provincialCongress assumed the reins of government and immediately re-appointed the steadfast Dr. Bartlett ascolonel of the militia.²
A few months later, when hostilities broke out at Lexington and Concord, Royal Governor Wentworth fledfrom New Hampshire and boarded a British warship.
Although the Royal Governor fled,Dr.
Josiah Bartlett stayed the course. . . !
uided by a life committed to
, Josiah Bartlett knowingly, time after time, had chosen paths thatclearly would be riddled with the gravest of difficulties as he chose to remain committed to the colonialcause! He chose to remain committed in the face of the Royal Governor! He chose to remain committedwhen branded as being in opposition to the Crown! He chose to remain committed when faced withstaggering personal, family loss!Before the Congress convened in February 1776, Dr. Bartlett as well as all the other early Founding Fathershad persevered through the gravest of hardships. Having endured what most of us today probably wouldnot, he wrote:
“The time is now at hand when we shall see whether America has virtue enough to be freeor not.”
Clearly, Dr. Josiah Bartlett had been single-minded in his
to withstand all regardless of thecircumstances in order
that Freedom and Liberty
that Freedom and Liberty might beours today!