|...He has erected a Multitude of new
Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and
eat out their substance....
|...Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that
whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is
the right of the People to...abolish it, and to institute new
|I wish men to be free, as much from mobs
and kings, as from you and me.
There is no longer any room for hope,
if we wish to be free, we must fight! -- I repeat sir, we must fight!
... Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price
of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not
what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me
-P. Henry, address at Henrico Parish Church, 20 Mar.
When the people have no tyrant, their
own public opinion becomes one.