John Montagu – July 8, 1775

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s January 15, 1775. I’m in London at the English Parliament. The arrogant John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, is addressing the House of Lords.

JM: “Those Yankee upstarts! Supposing the colonies do abound in men, what does that signify? They are undisciplined, cowardly men. I wish instead of 40,000 of these fellows, they would produce a field of at least 200,000. The more the better and easier would be the conquest.”

Read more about John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich.


John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.


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