Hundreds of additional titles available for
online reading when you join Gateway to the Classics
THE LEADEN STATUE
There had been so much resistance to the Stamp Act before the
Revolution that England repealed it not long after.
The colonists were overjoyed at the news, because they
thought it meant that the English King had decided to
deal fairly with the colonists in the future. The Sons
of Liberty in New York City, in an excess of joy, cast
a leaden statue of the King, and set it up in the
 Hardly was it in place when news came that the English
government had passed another law, more unjust if
possible than the Stamp Act; and that they were going
to send troops over to take possession of the harbors
of the principal cities. And when, in the following
spring, troops stationed themselves on Staten Island,
the fury of these Sons of Liberty knew no bounds.
Then, when, at last, came the Declaration of
Independence, read to them by Washington himself, they
thronged through the streets shouting "Liberty!
"Down with the statue of England's King," cried one;
and in an instant the air rang with the cries of "Down
with the statue! Down with the King!"
Rushing to the Green, they tore it down; and, whooping
and dancing like wild Indians, they hacked it in
"Give us the lead," cried a Daughter of Liberty, "and
we women will make it into bullets to shoot these
"Yes! yes!" cried the mob; "give the lead to the
Daughters of Liberty."
And so the Daughters of Liberty, without so much noise
perhaps, but with just as much patriotism, went to work
making the lead up into bullets. It is said that the
names of the women who made the largest number were
placed on record. Report says that Mrs. Marvin made
6058; Laura Marvin 8370; Mary Marvin 10,790 and Ruth