April 19, 1776

1776 April 19 (Friday).  We have Cause to remember this Day twelve months past.  This was the Commencement of Hostilities between the Kings Troops and the Provincials, at Lexington.  What a Year!  How unparallelled!  We have had of it!  O might it please God, the God of all Grace and Goodness to Sanctifie His holy and righteous but heavy and distressing Judgment of unnatural, intestine War, upon us, a poor Sinful degenerate, Heaven-provoking People!  And in the midst of Wrath remember Mercy!  And as He has begun to shew Compassion to us, in the withdraw of the Oppressing Army and Naval Forces, So would perfect the begun Salvation!