"It will not be doubted, that with reference either to
individual, or National Welfare, Agriculture is of primary
importance. In proportion as Nations advance in population, and
other circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more apparent;
and renders the cultivation of the Soil more and more, an object
of public patronage."
-- George Washington (Eighth Annual Message to Congress, 1796)
Reference: Washington's Maxims, 67.
"But they have two other Rights; those of sitting when they
please, and as long as they please, in which methinks they have the
advantage of your Parliament; for they cannot be dissolved by the
Breath of a Minister, or sent packing as you were the other day,
when it was your earnest desire to have remained longer together."
-- Benjamin Franklin (letter to William Strahan, 19 August 1784)
Reference: Franklin Collected Works, Lemay, ed., 1099.
"The times that tried men's souls are over-and the greatest and
completest revolution the world ever knew, gloriously and happily
-- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 13, 1783)
Reference: The Spirit of `Seventy-Six, Commager and Morris (109);
original Writings of Pain, Conway, ed., vol. 1 (370-375)
"It already appears, that there must be in every society of men
superiors and inferiors, because God has laid in the constitution
and course of nature the foundations of the distinction."
-- John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776)
Reference: The Works of John Adams, Charles Adams, ed., 427.
"In times of peace the people look most to their representatives;
but in war, to the executive solely."
-- Thomas Jefferson (letter to Caeser Rodney, 10 February 1810)
Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America
"The great leading objects of the federal government, in which
revenue is concerned, are to maintain domestic peace, and provide
for the common defense. In these are comprehended the regulation
of commerce that is, the whole system of foreign intercourse;
the support of armies and navies, and of the civil administration."
-- Alexander Hamilton (remarks to the New York Ratifying
Convention, June 1788)
Reference: Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton,
Frisch, ed. (228-229)