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"Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness... We claim them from a higher source -- from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power, without taking our lives."

by:
John Dickinson
(1732-1808) signed the Constitution and a member of the Continental Congress
Date:
1766
Source:
An Address to the Committee of Correspondence in Barbados, 1766

 
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