“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass.” – George Washington, letter to Benjamin Lincoln, 1788
Monthly Archives: September 2012
“Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.” – Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992), born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek, was an economist and philosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism. Hayek lived in Austria, Great Britain, the United States and Germany, and became a British subject in 1938. He spent most of his academic life at the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin
“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You toil and work and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.’ No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.” – Abraham Lincoln
“You have been instructed from your childhood in the knowledge of your lost state by nature; the absolute necessity of a change of heart, and an entire renovation of soul to the image of Jesus Christ; of salvation thro’ His meritorious righteousness only; and the indispensable necessity of personal holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” – Elias Boudinot (May 2, 1740 – October 24, 1821). Born in Philadelphia, he was descended from a French Huguenot family which left France to settle in New York in 1685, and his father, also Elias Boudinot, was a silversmith. Elias Boudinot was sent to a school established by Benjamin Franklin, who was also his next door neighbor until his father was appointed postmaster at Princeton. There he studied law in the office of Richard Stockton.
As a lawyer and a statesman from Elizabeth, New Jersey, he became a member of the New Jersey Provincial Congress and in 1777 was commissioned by George Washington as commissary-general of prisoners of war during the American Revolutionary War. He on the Continental Congress from 1777-1784 and was the second president elected under the Articles of Confederation, and the President of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1783 and also served as secretary for foreign affairs.
Elias Boudinot served 3 terms in congress, from 1789-1795, and chaired the committee to welcome Washington to New York for his inauguration. He was appointed by President John Adams as Director of the United States Mint, serving from 1795 until 1805. Among public organizations, he was president of the New Jersey Bible Society and a trustee of Princeton College. Elias Boudinot was elected president of the American Bible Society at its founding in 1816 and served until his death in 1821.