"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scripture ought to
form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries
and evil men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression,
slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the
precepts contained in the Bible."
(1758-1843) American patriot and scholar, author of the first dictionary of American English usage (1806) and the author of the 1828 edition of the dictionary that bears his name.
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