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"It was the Lord who put
into my mind I could feel His hand upon me the
fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies
... All who heard my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing
me ... There is no question that the inspiration was from the
Holy Spirit ... It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had
prophesied ... No one should fear to undertake any task in the
name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely
for His Holy service."
"A great hope and inward
zeal they had of laying some good foundation, or at least to
make some way thereunto, for the propagating, and advancing the
Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the
world; yea, though they should be but even as stepping stones
unto others for the performing of so great a work."
" ... for ye glorie of
God and advancemente of ye Christian faith, ... doe by these
presents solemnly and mutualy in ye presence of God, and one
another, covenant and combine our selves togeather into a civill
body politick ..."
"The exalted feelings
which determined the Pilgrims to seek in the New World, through
the perils and sufferings to be encountered, the liberty, the
religious and civil, denied them in the old; and the fruits of
their heroic virtues; in the multiplied blessings now enjoyed
by their expanding prosperity, cannot fail to inspire admiration
"They were poor and friendless,
separatists from the Church and exiles from England; but they
bore with them the seeds of a great nation and of a great system
of government ..."
"Can the liberties of
a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm
basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties
are the gift of God?"
"We have this day restored
the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient, He reigns
in heaven and ... from the rising to the setting sun, may His
" ... the highest glory
of the American revolution ... was this: it connected in
one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with
the principles of Christianity."
"The American government
and constitution is the most precious possesion which the world
holds, or which the future can inherit. This is true true
because the American system is the political expression of Christian
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