John Adams lays out the American position on the natural rights of individual Americans and the rights enjoyed by all colonial governments under British law.
FOUNDERS CORNER: LETTERS, SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS 1644, by John Milton TO THE PARLIAMENT OF ENGLAND   This is true Liberty, when freeborn men, Having to advise the public, may speak free; Which he who can, and will, deserves high praise: Who neither can, nor will, may hold his peace: What can be juster in...
FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different...
With slight shades of difference you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. George Washington
FOUNDERS CORNER: LETTERS: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN For the Federal Gazette, 12 September 1789 An Account of the Supremest Court of Judicature In Pennsylvania, Viz. The Court of the Press Power of This Court. It may receive and promulgate accusations of all kinds against all persons and characters among the citizens of the State,...
An Elector: To the Free Electors of This Town Boston, 1788 The theory of republican government took for granted a number of institutions and practices rarely written about, yet logical and important consequences of that theory. One of these was the view that electioneering was a corrupt practice. The virtuous man...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... that all should be satisfied with any one order of things is not to be expected: but I indulge the pleasing persuasion that the great body of our citizens will cordially concur in honest and disinterested efforts, which have for their object to preserve the...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP when we consider that this government is charged with the external & mutual relations only of these states, that the states themselves have principal care of our persons, our property, & our reputation, constituting the great field of human concerns, we may well doubt whether our organisation...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP In our care too of the public contributions entrusted to our direction, it would be prudent to multiply barriers against their dissipation, by appropriating specific sums to every specific purpose susceptible of definition; by disallowing all applications of money varying from the appropriation in object, or transcending...
FOUNDERS CORNER: LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND FEDERALISM The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce;...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... you have shewn to your countrymen that that enemy cannot meet bravery & skill united. in proving to them that our past condescensions were from a love of peace, not a dread of them, you have deserved well of your country ... Source: To Andrew Sterett, December 1,...
FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... considering the general tendency to multiply offices and dependancies, & to increase expence to the ultimate term of burthen which the citizen can bear, it behoves us to avail ourselves of every occasion which presents itself for taking off the surcharge ; that it never may...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am anxious to hear from you, lest you should have suffered in the same way now as on a former similar occasion. should any thing of that kind take place ... I know nobody to whom I would so soon apply as mrs Suddarth. a little...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... this morning arrived the quarter you were so kind as to send me of the Mammoth-veal . tho’ so far advanced as to be condemned for the table, yet it retained all the beauty of it’s appearance, it’s fatness & enormous size. a repetition of such...
FOUNDERS CORNER, EDMUND BURKE November 1789 In a letter writte to Frenchman François Depont in November of 1789, 4 months after the outbreak of the French Revolution, British Statesman and defender of the American Revolution, Edmund Burke, draws a distinction between the individualist (or unfettered) theory of liberty versus social liberty...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have safely received the copy of your history of the American revolution ... it is a happy circumstance for our country that it’s fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world ... inasmuch as...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have recieved ... application the purchase of a site for a Roman Catholic church ... I have referred the paper to them , recommending to them all the favor which the object of the purchase would urge, the advantages of every kind which...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I consider ... the making a good gravel road from the New bridge on Rock creek along the Pensylva & Jersey avenues to the Eastern branch as the most important objects for ensuring the destinies of the city which can be undertaken ... 4000. D. for 4...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The term of payment for the two last pipes of wine being now at hand I have desired mr John Barnes of Georgetown to remit you in the first week of the month now about to enter seven hundred dollars ... if you have now remaining on...