Fell knew Hackensack well.
As the bicentennial book "Hackensack -- Heritage to Horizons" noted:
"While Patrick Henry was telling the world to give him Liberty or Death, here in Hackensack our John Fell stood on the steps of the Old Church on the Green and called on his fellow townsmen to resist the encroachment on their rights by the British Parliament.
"He was so great a thorne in the sides of the Royalists that he was kidnapped one night and delivered into the hands of the British."
Here's to you, John Fell, on this Fourth of July!"