The Conversation

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is an essay I had to write for History. I received great praise for it and thought it was worthy of Booksie. The assignment was to write a conversation between two revolutionary war time period people. One for England and the other for America. I had to explain the problems and confusions between the two. I chose Princess Augusta, one of the daughters of King George III, and John Adams. These two really real people actually met for real way back then. This is what I imagined them conversing.

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The weather was beautifully crisp for October. PrincessAugusta was staying with her mother before she was to enter into the court to meet with Abigail Adams. It was 1782 and the last few years had been very tiring for her father, King George the Third of England.  The NewEngland colonies had declared their independence in 1775and were accusing him of tyranny.  The 14-year-old princess desperately wanted the war to be over.

After her mother left the parlor to converse with Mrs. Adams, a strange, unfamiliar man entered nervously intowhere the young princess waited.  He did not seem to notice her at first.  When he finally did, he seemed startled.

“Oh!  Good afternoon, Miss,” he said with an interesting accent.

“Hello.  Who are you?” Augusta asked.

“My name is John Adams.  I believe that you are the Princess Augusta, correct?  It is a pleasure to meet you.  You have the same beautiful appearance of which I have often heard.”

“Yes, I am she.  If you are Mr. Adams, then your wife, Mrs. Adams, is currently speaking with my mother, the Queen.”  The princess seemed interested to talk with the Colonial man.

“Ah yes.  I met with her earlier this day.  Womanly matters are not of much interest to me.  But, seeing that you are a young woman yourself and loyal to the king, I would be glad to listen to your thoughts about the Colonies.  Wehave about an hour of time before they finish.”  He was telling the truth.

Augusta began, “Well, you must realize all the trouble the colonists have caused my father.  He has not been sleeping well and he is constantly busy.  My sisters and I have not seen him for some time.”  The smart girl’s pretty face hinted a flash of anger but she held her seat.

Mr. Adams took a seat across the room from Augusta.  “The king, mind you, started all these problems.  His impatience caused the colonists to accuse him of tyranny.  Ships crossing the dangerous ocean with messages andnews took too long.  The taxes in which we had absolutelyno representation were overly unfair.”

“My father’s lack of patience had nothing to do with what should have been expected.  Your war against the French was only won with the help from England.  Soldiers are not free of pay and the New England colonies were in debt to us for our help.”  The princess was fiddling with her gloves, “As for no representation, there are many folk in England with minimal representation, yet they do not consider rebellion.”

Mr. Adams said, “The war with the French and Indians did indeed help us with raising good and smart generals.  Having worked together during the war, the colonies began to be more aware of each other.  We realized we had been governing ourselves from the beginning.  England is too far away to be able to govern us effectively.”  Mr. John Adams seemed quite confident, “Then after the French and Indian war, King George placed British soldiers in Boston andwhen we wouldn’t accept the tea act, he closed the port.  These were unjust and harmful actions against colonial freedom.Closing the port made it very difficult for the people of Boston to earn a living and almost impossible to pay the absurd taxes.”

Princess Augusta replied, “The closing of the Port of Boston was a reasonable response to the disobedience of the colonists.  Then, the colonists returned with the wasting of thousands of pounds of tea in what was called ‘The Boston Tea party’.  The soldiers were there to stamp out treasonous rebels for the common good.”  Then she asked, “There was much land won for King George over the French and Indian War, so why couldn’t the colonists learn to use it, to farm it?Why couldn’t the colonists learn different trades to provide a living instead of relying so much on the port?”  Princess Augusta was not fully informed of the land ownership of most of New England.

John Adams answered, “The king kept the Western Lands for himself, not allowing the colonial farmers to develop it and actually use it. Since the thirteen colonies are nearest to the conquered land, we feel cheated from it.Also, a man cannot change his trade as easily as you may think.It takes many years to learn just one profession.”  John Adams continued, “As I mentioned before, throughout the years, many acts and taxes were unfairly placed upon the shoulders of the Colonies.  When the Stamp Act was finally abolished, we were confronted with another, equally hateful tax, the Townshend Act.  The Townshend Act put taxes on paper, glass, lead, painters’ color, tea and paper.  You say they were for the help of the war.  We say they were to keep us in his majesty’s control.  But most of all, the Acts were angering the colonists, enkindling in them a longing.  What we desperately long for is freedom.”  The Princess gazed at the man as he flamed up with this one desire for America.

There was a long silence when both the girl and the man just sat and thought.  A ruffling of skirts could be heard approaching.  The meeting was over.  The Queen entered to find her daughter sitting stone-faced and still.  Mr. Adams stood and bowed to the Queen.  After nodding to him, she picked up Augusta’s hand and led her to the door.  It was time to go.

As the young Princess passed the colonial gentleman, he bowed to her.  After giving him a slight nod, the two ladies left the room.  John Adams knew he had given Augusta a more abundant view of both sides of the fight for freedom.

 

 


Submitted: December 10, 2013

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