In 1776 John Adams was receiving letters from those frustrated with a perceived lack of progress towards independence and self rule. In response to one such letter Adams warned of the exceedingly dangerous task ahead. With regards to the notion of a ‘free government’ Adams wrote:
Three pence as issued by the Bank of North America (the nation’s first central bank) 1789. The note was printed by Benjamin Franklin Bache (Benjamin Franklin’s grandson) on marbled paper obtained by Benjamin Franklin.