“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are
worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against
all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy
ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense
of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and
diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present
generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested
from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by
the artifices of false and designing men.” Samuel Adams, 1771
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