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Constitutional Quotes

Constitution_1.jpgMy name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I have read our Founding History and written a letter each month containing quotes from our Founders.  I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for securing, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Each quote is verified and contains a link to an original source.   I have included a couple of letters as examples and additional letters can be found at: http://retraceoursteps.com/.

Thanks for all you do.


James Still

“Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  -Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

The Suffolk Resolves – Oct 2014

With British oppression escalating, 

leaders within Suffolk County, Massachusetts, approved nineteen resolutions.  The Resolutions were carried to Philadelphia and endorsed by the Continental Congress.

“… the most sacred obligations are upon us to transmit [this new World]… unfettered by power, unclogged with shackles, to our innocent and beloved offspring.  …if we arrest the hand which would ransack our pockets… if we successfully resist that unparalleled usurpation of unconstitutional power… posterity will acknowledge that virtue which preserved them free and happy...  Therefore, we have resolved…

2.  That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power 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 future generations…

11.  … for the honor, defense and security of this county and province, advise… persons, be elected in each town as officers in the militia…  and that the inhabitants of those towns and districts, who are qualified, do use their utmost diligence to acquaint themselves with the art of war…

15.  … it is incumbent on us to encourage arts [trades] and manufactures amongst us, by all means in our power… 

18.  … we would heartily recommend to all persons of this community, not to engage in any routs, riots, or licentious attacks upon the properties of any person whatsoever… our conduct shall be such as to merit the approbation of the wise, and the admiration of the brave and free of every age and of every country.”  Journals of Congress, September 17, 1774

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“Last Friday Mr. [Paul] Revere brought us the spirited and patriotic Resolves of your County of Suffolk.  We laid them before the Congress.  They were read with great applause…”  Samuel Adams, Letter to Charles Chauncy, September 19, 1774

The Continental Congress – Sep 2014

Delegates, appointed by the “Several Colonies and Provinces”, met in Philadelphia at Carpenter’s Hall.  What was their first order of business?

Monday  “The Congress proceeded to the choice of a President… [and] Secretary.  The gentlemen from the several Colonies produced their respective credentials, which were read and approved…”  Journals of Congress, September 5, 1774

Tuesday  “Resolved, That in determining questions in this Congress, each Colony or Province shall have one Vote…    Resolved, That no person shall speak more than twice on the same point…   Resolved, That the Revd. Mr. Duché be desired to open the Congress tomorrow morning with prayers…”  Journals of Congress, September 6, 1774

Wednesday  “Agreeable to the resolve of yesterday, the meeting was opened with prayers by the Revd. Mr. Duché.” Journals of Congress, September 7, 1774

“O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords… look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee…

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation.  That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish among the people…   Amen.”  Rev. Jacob Duché, First Prayer of Continental Congress, Sep 7, 1774

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“Voted, That the Thanks of the Congress be given to Mr. Duché…  for performing divine Service, and for the excellent prayer, which he composed and delivered on the occasion.”    Journals of Congress,  September 7, 1774

 "This was one of the happiest Days of my Life.  In Congress We had generous, noble Sentiments, and manly Eloquence.  This Day convinced me that America will support the Massachusetts or perish with her."  John Adams, Entry in Diary, September 17, 1774

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