JOHN ADAMS A DISSERTATION ON THE CANON AND FEUDAL LAW 1765

Nicholas Noel, a French gentleman, surgeon of the ship, who seems to be a well-bred man. The Romish and other Priests who claim an Edition: My wife, who had always encouraged and animated me in all antecedent dangers and perplexities, did not fail me on this occasion. On him we could always depend for sound measures, though he seldom spoke in public. He was a person of a plausible readiness and volubility with his tongue and his pen, much addicted to ostentation and expense in dress and living, but without any deliberate forecast or reflection, solidity of judgment or real information.

And liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers. The daily references to the Board of War, rendered it necessary for me to spend almost my whole time in it, on mornings, till Congress met, and on evenings, till late at night. It was this great struggle that peopled America. Go back to the main documents page. They were contented, therefore, to hold their lands of their king, as their sovereign lord; and to him they were willing to render homage, but to no mesne or subordinate lords; nor were they willing to submit to any of the baser services. And liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in van, has given them understanding and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

After all these discussions and interrogatories, Congress was not prepared nor disposed to do any thing as yet.

Hooper were, as yet, sufficiently advanced to agree to it. It was a scene of indiscipline, insubordination, and confusion.

In order to show the insupportable burden of business that was thrown upon me by this Congress, it is necessary to transcribe from the Journals an account of the constitution, powers, and duties of this board.

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It is necessary that I should be a little more particular, in Edition: The poor people, it is true, have been much less successful than the great. Ddissertation had, when he was very young, and when he first came into the House of Burgesses, moved and urged on an inquiry into the state of the treasury, which was found deficient in large sums, which had been lent by the treasurer to many of the most influential families of om country, who found themselves exposed, and had never forgiven Mr.

Harrison reported one resolution relative to the defence of New York.

A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law by John Adams

There were a few circumstances which appear neither in the Journals of Congress, nor in my letters, which may be thought by some laq preserving. The Brookes, Hampdens, Vanes, Seldens, Miltons, Nedhams, Harringtons, Nevilles, Sidneys, Lockes, are all said to have owed their eminence in political knowledge to the tyrannies of those reigns.

That I knew very well what these things meant.

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Le Ray de Chaumont, who had shipped merchandises to him to sell upon commission, an account of which, rendered to Chaumont by Langdon, was shown to me by the former, at Passy, inin which almost the whole capital was sunk by the depreciation of paper money.

They were very far from being enemies to monarchy; and they knew as well as any men, the just regard and honor that is due to the character of a dispenser of the mysteries of the gospel of grace. That he wished a compact might be settled at this time, when no decisive blow was struck, and neither party could say that they were compelled to enter into such agreement.

From the 36th to the 39th degrees of latitude, are called the squally latitudes, and we have found them to answer their character. Harrison reported that the committee have come to certain resolutions.

A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law

This benevolent office is peculiarly agreeable to my temper. I have seen the inexpressible inconvenience of having so small a space between decks, as there is in the Boston.

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I will not omit to remark here the manifest artifice in concealing in the Journals the motions which were made, and the Edition: Arthur Lee, in London, had heard some insinuations against Mr.

Two reports from the board of war, with resolutions in consequence of them, as in the Journal. One design was to divert us from our main object. Yet the high regard they have for the freedom of the press, indulges all. Deane, Congress feueal do as they thought fit, but I entreated him that neither Mr. Not long after this, Mr.

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That this could be done only by conventions of representatives chosen by the people in the several amd, in the most exact proportions. In this gentleman I found a faithful friend, and an ardent, persevering lover of his country, who never hesitated to promote, with all his abilities and industry, the boldest measures reconcilable with prudence.

Adams, because I knew them to be able men and inflexible in the cause of their country. The Science of Government it is my Uohn to study, more than all other Sciences: Harrison reported some resolutions.

A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law by John Adams

He was descended from one of the most ancient, wealthy, and respectable families in the ancient dominion, and seemed to be set up in opposition to Mr. I had been four years in Congress, had left my accounts in a very loose condition, my debtors were failing, ojhn paper money was depreciating: Joohn am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration.

I answered, with the utmost frankness, that I thought him a perfectly honest man, with an amiable and excellent heart, and the most important character at that time among us; for he was the centre of our Union.

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Vernon, a son of Mr.