A Historical Discourse, Delivered by Request, Before the Citizens of Farmington, November 4, 1840: In Commemoration of the Original Settlement of the Ancient Town, in 1640

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L. Skinner, 1841 - 99 pages

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Page 14 - ... if you will be satisfied to enjoy such civil and lawful liberties, such as Christ allows you, then will you quietly and cheerfully submit unto that authority which is set over you, in all the administrations of it, for your good.
Page 15 - ... and obedience in their lawful administrations, not beholding in them the ordinariness of their persons, but God's ordinance for your good ; not being like the foolish multitude, who more honor the gay coat, than either the virtuous mind of the man, or the glorious ordinance of the Lord...
Page 14 - The great questions that have troubled the country are about the authority of the magistrates and the liberty of the people. It is yourselves who have called us to this office, and, being called by you, we have our authority from God...
Page 51 - What Constitutes a State? WHAT constitutes a State? Not high-raised battlement or labored mound, Thick wall or moated gate Not cities proud with spires and turrets crowned Not bays and broad-armed ports, Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride Not starred and spangled courts, Where low-browed baseness wafts perfume to pride. No; men, high-minded men...
Page 14 - There is a twofold liberty, natural (I mean as our nature is now corrupt) and civil or federal. The first is common to man with beasts and other creatures. By this, man, as he stands in relation to man simply, hath liberty to do what he lists; it is a liberty to evil as well as to good. This liberty is incompatible and inconsistent with authority, and cannot endure the least restraint...
Page 12 - ... it being as unnatural for a right New England man to live without an able ministry as for a smith to work his iron without a fire.
Page 81 - She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Page 15 - Lastly, whereas you are to become a body politic, using amongst yourselves civil government, and are not furnished with any persons of special eminency above the rest to be chosen by you into office of government...
Page 87 - With the testimony of a good conscience, in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, he had his conversation in the world.
Page 7 - If this be all your party hath to say, I will make them conform themselves, or else I will harry them out of the land, or else do worse.

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