Porcupine's works: containing various writings and selections, exhibiting a faithful picture of the United States of America; of their governments, laws, politics, and resources; of the characters of their presidents, governors, legislators, magistrates, and military men; and of the customs, manners, morals, religion, virtues and vices of the people: comprising also a complete series of historical documents and remarks, from the end of the war, in 1783, to the election of the President, in March, 1801
Printed for Cobbett and Morgan, 1801
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Página 251 - all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens : a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits and
Página 249 - in common efforts for the common good. All too will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws
Página 207 - rights have no more dependence on our religious opinions, than on our opinions in physic or geometry." The act then declares, " that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or minister whatever, and that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions, in matters of religion, without diminishing their civil capacities.
Página 250 - shore—that this should be more felt and feared by some and less by others, and should divide opinions as to measures of safety ; but every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans-—all Federalists. If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this union,
Página 251 - but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism ; a well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace, and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them ; the supremacy of the civil over the military authority ; economy in the public expense, that labour may be lightly burthened ; the honest payment of our debts, and
Página 251 - freedom of the press, and freedom of the person, under protection of the Habeas Corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected. These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of all our sages, and blood of our heroes have
Página 249 - and exertions has sometimes worn an aspect, which might impose on strangers, unused to think freely, and to speak and to write what they think ; but this being now decided by the voice of the nation, announced according to the rules of the constitution, all will of course arrange themselves under the will of the law, and
Página 251 - in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man, acknowledging and adoring an over-ruling providence, which, by all its dispensations, proves that it delights in the happiness of man here, and his greater happiness hereafter
Página 250 - believe it the only one where every man at the call of the law would fly to the standard of the law, and would meet invasions of the public order as his own personal concern. Sometimes it is said that
Página 249 - with which they have' been pleased to look towards me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments, which the greatness of the charge, and the weakness of my powers so justly inspire. A rising nation, spread over