Founders Corner

Comprehensive online library of major works, essays, letters, speeches, quotes from America’s Founding Fathers; also key documents; and histories contemporary to the Founding Era, along with works, speeches, etc., from thinkers and statesmen who influenced the Founders or were influenced by them.

We are NOT that different from one another.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... the greatest good we can do our country is to heal it’s party divisions & make them one people. I do...

Just so you will know, I do have a pair.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... the second removal was called for by the high tone of remonstrance , to ... the belief that I was...

Can we all just get along?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... most of all I lament the appearance of a division arising among the friends of republican government in a state where...

Once a father, always a father.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I recieved yesterday mr Eppes’s letter of the 12th. informing me you had got safely to Eppington, & would set out...

Louisiana, here we come. Do-da. Do-da.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP With respect to Spain our dispositions are sincerely amicable & even affectionate. we consider her possession of the adjacent country as...

Is 77 too old for the job?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... it is objected indeed in the remonstrance, that he is 77. years of age: but, at a much more advanced age,...

Can happiness exist without morality?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I believe firmly with you in the connection between virtue & happiness: that the latter can never exist ...: and that...

The pirates are in Congress’ court.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... being convinced it is money thrown away, that there is no end to the demands of these powers, nor any security...

Should immigration to anywhere be unlimited?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... my general opinion is that, man having a right to live somewhere on the earth, no nation has a better right...

What should be done about abusive newspapers?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am sensible, with you, of the distortions and perversions of truth and justice practised in the public papers, and how difficult...

Resting Place of a Humble Man

PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES William P. Clark died two years ago last month. When he passed, I wrote a tribute at...

Origin and Title to the Territories of the Colonies

Commentaries On The Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, LL.D. Book I, Chapter 1 § 1. THE discovery of the Continent of America...

Federalist Papers No. 85: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, August 13, Saturday, August 16, 1788 Brief Summary of Arguments For and Against the Proposed Constitution with a focus on...

Federalist Papers No. 84, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, July 16, Saturday, July 26, Saturday, August 9, 1788 Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered to...

MA Convention, 19 Jan. 1788, Powers of the Senate discussed

The Debates In The Several State Conventions On The Adoption Of The Federal Constitution, by Jonathan Elliot In Convention at Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 1788 SATURDAY,...

Federalist Papers. No. 83, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, July 5, Wednesday, July 9, Saturday July 12, 1788 Judiciary in relation to trial by jury, interpreting written law of...

Welcome to the Brave New World Devised by SCOTUS

BY MARK HENDRICKSON Exclusive to The Moral Liberal In a case of painfully ironic timing, between the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta on June 15 and...

The Sanctuary Scandal

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of “sanctuary cities” which shelter...

Federalist Papers No. 82, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, July 2, 1788 The Judiciary Continued THE erection of a new government, whatever care or wisdom may distinguish the work, cannot...

National Law of the Harvest

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL There is a Christian Church in America that contends, as did many of our Christian forefathers, that America "is a...

The Federalist Papers No. 81: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, June 25, and Saturday, June 28, 1788 Judiciary Continued and the Distribution of the Judicial Authority LET US now return to...

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the "Voice of the Declaration,"...

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

LIBERTY LETTERS, 1776 Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the "Voice of the Declaration," arose and...

The Magna Carta Turns 800

BY DR. MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It isn’t too often that we remember something that happened 800 years ago. There are...

Federalist Papers No. 80, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, June 21, 1788 Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction TO JUDGE with accuracy of the proper extent of the federal judicature, it will...

Federalist Papers No. 79, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS The Judiciary Continued NEXT to permanency in office, nothing can contribute more to the independence of the judges than a fixed...

TPP: A Threat to the Rule of Law

MARK W. HENDRICKSON The Wall Street Journal editorial page seems to reserve an especially snide sarcasm for Republicans who wander off the path of economic...

Federalist Papers, No. 1: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, October 27, 1787 General Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon...

Justice Kennedy Learns a New Word

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy learned and used a new word during the Supreme Court’s oral argument about Marriage. He said,...

Blackstone: Of the People, Whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 10 1765-1769 HAVING, in the eight preceding chapters,...