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"No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the state.... Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen."
State Gazette (Charleston) (more quotes by State Gazette (Charleston) or books by/about State Gazette (Charleston))
Militia, Arms, Guns, Property, Character