John Witherspoon

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F.H. Revell Company, 1906 - Church and state - 291 pages
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Page 286 - Provided always, and it is the true intent and meaning of this act, that all the laws made and provided for the frequenting of divine service on the Lord's day, commonly called Sunday, shall be still in force, and executed against all persons that offend against the said laws, except such persons come to some congregation or assembly of religious...
Page 272 - For this purpose you are to make the most candid and confidential communications upon all subjects to the ministers of our generous ally the King of France, to undertake nothing in the negotiations for peace or truce without their knowledge and concurrence and ultimately to govern yourselves by their advice and Opinion...
Page 160 - That man will fight most bravely, who never fights till it is necessary, and who ceases to fight as soon as the necessity is over.
Page 217 - a tide in the affairs of men, a nick of time. We perceive it now before us. To hesitate is to consent to our own slavery. That noble instrument upon your table, which ensures immortality to its author, should be subscribed this very morning by every pen in this house.
Page 218 - That reputation is staked, that property is pledged, on the issue of this contest. And although these gray hairs must soon descend into the sepulchre, I would infinitely rather they should descend thither by the hands of the public executioner than desert, at this crisis, the sacred cause of my country.
Page 130 - Excellency to request him to sit for his picture, to be taken by Mr. Charles Wilson Peale, of Philadelphia. And...
Page 40 - I believe in the beauty and comely proportions of Dame Nature and in Almighty Fate, her only parent and guardian ; for it hath been most graciously obliged (blessed be its name) to make us all very good.
Page 129 - This farce was evidently introductory of the Drama that is to follow. The great maxim which this commencement was to establish, was the following, "A time may come in every Republic, and that may be the case with America, when Anarchy makes it the duty of the man who has the majority of the people with him, to take the helm into his own hands, in order to save his Country, and the person who opposes him deserves the utmost revenge of his nation, deserves to be sent to Nova Scotia. Vox populi, vox...
Page 217 - House. He that will not respond to its accents and strain every nerve to carry into effect its provisions, is unworthy the name of a freeman.
Page 128 - America, would be very defective indeed if no mention was made of this political firebrand, who perhaps has not a less share in the revolution than Washington himself. He poisons the minds of his young students, and through them the Continent. He is the intimate friend of the General ; and had I no other arguments to support my ideas of Washington's designs, I think his intimacy with a man of so different a character of his own (for Washington's private one is perfectly amiable) would justify my...

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