A Speech to the Founding Fathers, 1787

Annette 2011/05/28 17:51:32
To refresh in the minds of our citizens today what we once used to stand for!

Delivered by
:Reverend Samuel Langdon, 1787

your government with the utmost attention and solicitude
, for it is the
remarkable gift of heaven
. From year to year be careful in the choice
of your representatives and all the higher powers of government

your eyes upon men of good understanding and known honesty
; men of
knowledge, improved by experience
; men who fear God and hate
; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish the
public welfare

of such as are cunning rather than wise; who prefer their own interest
to everything; whose judgment is partial or fickle, and whom you would
not willingly trust with your own private interests.

meetings are called for the choice of your rulers, do not carelessly
neglect them or give your votes with indifference ... but act with
serious deliberation and judgment, as in a most important matter, and
let the faithful of the land serve you

not men openly irreligious and immoral become your legislators; for how
can you expect good laws to be made by men who have no fear of God ...
and who boldly trample on the authority of his commands?... If the
legislative body is corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counselors,
corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers in every department
who will dishonor their stations.

be always on your guard against parties and the methods [of] unworthy
men, and let distinguished merit always determine your vote. And when
all places in government are filled with the best men you can find,
behave yourselves as good subjects; obey the laws, [be] cheerfully
subject to such taxation as the necessities of the public call for. Give
tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom
fear, and honor to whom honor [is due] as the gospel commands you

give countenance to turbulent men, who wish to distinguish themselves
and rise to power by forming combinations and exciting insurrections
against government. For this can never be the right way to redress real

call upon you also to support schools in all your towns, that the
rising generation may not grow up in ignorance
.... It is a debt you owe
to your children and that God to whom they belong

"I call upon you to preserve the knowledge of God in the land and attend to the revelation written to us from heaven.

you neglect or renounce that religion taught and commanded in holy
scriptures, think no more of freedom, peace, and happiness

the general government of these United States , when established appear
to be the best which the nations have yet known, and be exalted by
uncorrupted religion and morals! And may the everlasting gospel diffuse
its Heavenly light and spread Righteousness, Liberty , and Peace through
the whole world
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  • SuzieQ 2012/01/15 23:30:19
    Amazingly true...resonants within my spirit.
  • Annette SuzieQ 2012/01/16 00:22:35
    It should resonate within all of us, SuzieQ. Thanks. But it would appear you're one of the few who wants to read it. So glad you did.

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