An excerpt from a sermon delivered before the General Court of the State of New Hampshire in Concord – June 1, 1791:

Rev. Israel Evans, 1747-1807

Rev. Israel Evans, 1747-1807

…there are some men, with the means of public prosperity in their possession, who do not realize the value of freedom; they partake of the common blessings of a free people, and yet are not conscious of national felicity. This, however, does not lessen the real worth of liberty; for in every situation of life, it is the richest inheritance. In true liberty is included, freedom, both moral and civil; it has nothing in contemplation but the happiness of mankind, and therefore it is the principal glory of man; and in this world, there can be nothing more dignified, or more exalted. Without civil and religious liberty, man is indeed a poor, enslaved, wretched, miserable creature; neither his life, nor his property, nor the use of his conscience, is secured to him; but he is subjected to some inhuman tyrant, whose will is his law, and who presumes to govern men without their consent.

Excerpt found in Political Sermons of the American Founding Era Vol. 2 compiled by Ellis Sandoz. Emphasis in original.

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