High seats are always uneasy, and crowns themselves are always stuffed with thorns, which made one say of his crown[:] O crown! More noble than happy! May the spirit of God, the grace of God, the power of God, the presence of God, arm you against all other sins, evils, snares, and temptations, as you are by a good hand of heaven armed against worldly ambition and worldly glory.
Excerpt from Captain Stephen Case’s 1783 Sermon, Defensive Arms Vindicated, which was dedicated to General George Washington. It is not fully certain that Stephen Case was the author, but the evidence points to him.