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The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but the God of Israel is He that giveth strength and power unto His people. Trust in Him at all times, ye people, pour out your hearts before Him; God is a refuge for us. Charlestown is laid in ashes. The battle began upon our entrenchments upon Bunker’s Hill, Saturday morning about 3 o’clock, and has not ceased yet, and it is now three o’clock Sabbath afternoon. It is expected they will come out over the Neck tonight, and a dreadful battle must ensue. Almighty God, cover the heads of our countrymen, and be a shield to our dear friends…

— Letter to John Adams, June 18, 1775.

Abigail Adams (1744–1818) was the wife of John Adams, second president of the United States, and one of the most learned of the women who have served the country as First Lady. She is most famous for her correspondence with her husband. Her views on God and religion were formed by her father, William Smith, who as a liberal Congregationalist emphasized the importance of human reason and morality over other Christian doctrines.

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