good man leaves an inheritance to his
" -Proverbs 13:22
Declaration of Independence
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE,
we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor
After signing the
Declaration of Independence, John Adams
wrote to his wife:
"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration ...
Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.
will triumph in that days transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not."
wrote in his Orders, July 2, 1776:
"The fate of
will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army ... We have, therefore to resolve to conquer or die."
Colonel William Prescott,
who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, wrote:
"Our forefathers passed the vast Atlantic, spent their blood and treasure, that they might enjoy their liberties, both civil and religious, and transmit them to their
Now if we should give them up, can our children rise up and call us blessed?
Dr. Joseph Warren,
who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill, wrote in the Suffolk Resolves, September of 1774:
"That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and
to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to
Disbanding the Newburgh conspiracy,
stated May 15, 1783:
"By thus determining ... you will defeat the insidious designs of our enemies, who are compelled to resort from open force to secret artifice ...
You will ... afford occasion for
to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, 'had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining.'"
Justice Samuel Chase
, who signed the Declaration, warned in a letter he signed "Caution,"
October 12, 1787) not rush in ratifying the Constitution:
"The decision, for or against the plan ... involves no less than the happiness or miser of you and all your
wrote in an article signed "Helvitius Priscus," published in the
December 27, 1787, warned:
"That assembly, who have ambitiously and daringly presumed to annihilate the sovereignties of the thirteen United States; to establish a Draconian Code; and to bind
by their secret councils."
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The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution,
"We the people of the United States, in order to ... secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our
do ordain and establish this Constitution."
stated in 1852:
"The world will cry out 'shame' upon us, if we show ourselves unworthy, to be the
of those great and illustrious ... men, who fought for their liberty, and secured it to their
by the Constitution of the United States."
addressed the U.S. Senate, 1850:
"The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for
-- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual
who signed the Declaration, stated at Pennsylvania's ratifying convention, November 26, 1787:
"After a period of 6,000 years has elapsed since the creation, the United States exhibit to the world the first instance ... of a nation ... assembling voluntarily ...
and deciding calmly concerning that system of government under which they would wish that they and their
who signed the Declaration of Independence, wrote of the Constitution to the editor of the
April 8, 1788:
"I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence,
that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing, and to exist in the
of a great nation,
should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent Beneficent Ruler, in whom all inferior spirits live & move and have their being."
, who presided over the Constitutional Convention, warned in his Farewell Address, 1796:
"Avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt ... not ungenerously throwing upon
the burden which we ourselves ought to bear."
, who penned the Declaration, noted in his Second Annual Message, 1802:
"We are able, without a direct tax ... to make large and effectual payments toward the discharge of our public debt and the emancipation of our
from that mortal canker (open sore)."
the longest-living signer of the Declaration, addressed the city of New York, August 2, 1826:
"Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, He had conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation ...
I am now the last surviving signer, I do hereby recommend to the present and
the principles of that important document as the best earthly inheritance their ancestors could bequeath to them,
and pray that the civil and religious liberties they have secured to my country may be perpetuated to remotest
and extended to the whole family of man."
addressed the New York Historical Society, February 23, 1852:
"If we and our
reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution, which holds us together,
no man can tell, how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity."
Chief Justice John Jay
address the American Bible Society, May 13, 1824:
"We thereby enable them to learn that man was originally created and placed in a state of happiness, but, becoming disobedient, was subjected to the degradation and evils which he and his
have since experienced.
The Bible will also inform them that our gracious Creator has provided for us a Redeemer."
served as the President of the Continental Congress where he signed the Treaty of Paris. Founding the American Bible Society, Elias Boudinot stated in New Jersey, July 4, 1783
"The deliverance of the Children of Israel from a state of bondage to an unreasonable tyrant was perpetuated by the Paschal Lamb, and enjoining (imposing) it on their
as an annual festival forever."
Judge Richard Stockton
, who signed the Declaration.
previously traveled to England in 1767, where he met with many leaders, including: the Marquis of Rockingham, the Earl of Chatham, and Edmund Burke.
Reflections on the Revolution in France,
"People will not look forward to
who never look backward to their ancestors."
had the honor of meeting with King George III on behalf of the trustees of Princeton College. His address acknowledging the repeal of the Stamp Act was favorably received.
The Stamp Act,
which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1765, required a tax on every piece of printed paper, including legal documents, licenses, newspapers, and publications, effectively restricting communication among American citizens.
traveled to Scotland, where he met with a young Princeton graduate attending medical school -
who signed the Declaration of Independence, married
Rev. John Witherspoon
to leave Scotland and come to America to be
President of Princeton. Witherspoon
signed the Declaration.
When the British invaded New Jersey,
and his family had to flee for their lives.
was betrayed by loyalists, dragged from his bed at night and imprisoned in New York.
His farm was pillaged and his library, one of the best in the country, was burned.
health was broken from over a year in the British prison and he died bankrupt at age 51 on FEBRUARY 28, 1781.
New Jersey placed a statue of
in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.
He wrote in his Will:
... may be peculiarly impressed with the last words of their father, I think proper here, not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great leading doctrine of the Christian religion ...
but also in the heart of a father's affection, to exhort them to remember 'that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.'"
posterity included his son, also named
, who was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, his grandson,
Navy Commodore Robert Stockton
, was a hero of the War of 1812.
helped freed slaves found the country of Liberia, West Africa.
Commodore Robert F. Stockton
defeated the Mexican army and captured California, serving as its first military governor.
, was named for
Commodore Richard F. Stockton
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America's founders were willing to sacrifice their
pledging their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, to give freedom to generations yet unborn.
Today, many are willing to sacrifice their
saddling their children and grandchildren with an unpayable debt just as long as they can maintain their standard of living.
for 400 years where people ruled themselves under the Law.
But when society became debased, "every man did that which was right in his own eyes," respect for the law decreased, crime and insecurity increased, and naive citizens cried out for a king to restore order, not realizing that it would cost them their freedom.
was set up a
where people rule themselves under the law.
But as society becomes debased, and students are taught to tolerate everyone doing what is right in their own eyes, respect for the law is decreasing, crime and insecurity are increasing, and naive citizens are crying out for the government to restore order, not realizing it will cost them their freedom.
Ambassador Alan Keyes
stated in a Virginia high school assembly, February 28, 2000:
"How does it secure the blessings of liberty to our
to those generations yet unborn, to kill them, aborting them in the womb?"
who signed the Declaration, wrote on April 26, 1777:
You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it."