John Witherspoon is one of my most favorite pastors and statesman. He was a strong Patriot working side by side with Sam Adams: — The Clergy as Statesmen. — Witherspoon a Scotchman by Birth. — His Early Life. — Is licensed to preach. — Joins the Army of the Pretender. — Taken Prisoner at the Battle of Falkirk. — His Eminence as a Theologian. — Is elected President of Princeton College. — Flattering Reception in this Country. — Takes Sides with the Colonies. — Elected Member of the New Jersey Legislature. — Scathing Attack of Governor Franklin. — Elected Member of Congress. — His Speech on the Declaration of Independence. — His Great Services in Congress. — His Death.
John Witherspoon had a close working relationship with Samuel Adams. They both stayed in the Continental Congress when all was in a shambles as well as in great success. Continue reading →
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The facts are that Sam Adams, Meyhew and Witherspoon were contemporaries. Johnathan Meyhew was born in 1720, Adams in 1722 and Witherspoon in 1723. Adams graduated Harvard in 1740 with an AM and a Masters Degree in 1742. Meyhew graduated in 1744 and Witherspoon received his Master from the University of Edinburgh in 1739. Sadly, hardly anyone really knows much about these three. Continue reading →
“In Boston the excitement was intense, and the whole city was quickly in a blaze of resentment. At the first opportunity the determined hostility to the act broke forth. What would normally be an occasion of celebration, political figures are found hanging in effigy from city center trees and from the top of which peeped forth a head with horns, intended to personify the Devil. The authorities did not attempt to remove the effigies, for, in the excited state of the popular mind, it was difficult to say how far the rage of the people, might lead them.
The Organizers, with whom the proceedings, originated, kept the matter somewhat in hand, and at evening cut the figures down and carried them in procession through the city, processioned on a bier. The multitude moved in perfect order, and their route was lined with people. They passed through the historic Old State house and under the council-chamber, where the key city politicians happened to be gathered. “Liberty, property, and new taxes”! were shouted at the ears of the listening dignitaries. The Organizers were preceded by some four or five thousand business and tradesmen, decently dressed and the whole body marched to State Street, where they demolished a structure which they believed the federal government was building as an office for the new tyranny being pushed by despotic leadership. Then they proceeded to Fort Hill (Roxbury), where key government officials reside, and with fragments of the frame which they brought with them, built a bonfire in which the effigies were consumed.Continue reading →
Ok folks. We are Living
out the Anti-federalists perspective of Federalist #10 yet we are not
even close to finishing our understanding or application of Madison’s
words here. In this program I will be delving into more of the heart
of the vanity to expect that there will be a continuum of
‘enlightened statesmen’ and the ‘Causes and Effects’ of Factions.
I bring you into a little
clearing understanding of Madison’s thought process here by going
back to Witherspoon’s Lectures on Moral Philosophy. We need the
background info to understand the heart of this Framer of the
The many turns of life
did not facilitate the mid week discussion that I was intending
regarding the relationship of Madison to John Witherspoon. Therefore,
this week I bring in the interesting tidbits about Madison and a good
deal about John Witherspoon.
What is striking about
Witherspoon is detailed in the ‘Introduction’ of the reference
containing his ‘Lecture on Moral Philosophy’ or as otherwise titled
‘Moral Society’. What caught me is the reality that many of the
pastors in the US are even more now of the Moderatist perspective
then like Witherspoon who was a Populist in the church debates in
Scotland. So that you don’t have to look it up, which most of you
would not do, here is the quote from the Intro for clarification:
I was taken aback Not by the Judge Moore win but by the concession speech by Luther Strange. I had to ponder why Sen. Strange made a number of great statements about his personal faith and that in my book it did not line up with taking money from the swamp. I could not find the reconciliation of his comments and then I thought of the sermon on last Sunday by Alistair Begg, the writings of John Witherspoon and the amazing find in Federalist #10.
This program is my simple citizen analysis of the Moore-Strange run off.
I believe that we need to raise up Constitutional Candidates and Vet the candidates Constitutionally because as you know conservatism is misleading as I point out in “Not ALL Conservatives Are Constitutionalists”. Continue reading →
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