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Caleb Cushing —
born on January 17, 1800,
died on January 02, 1879
Caleb Cushing was an American diplomat who served as a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts and Attorney General under President Franklin Pierce... (wikipedia)
We are laying the foundations of a government, which we hope may outlast the Pyramids.
The Normans came over, lance in hand, burning and trampling down every thing before them, and cutting off the Saxon dynasty and the Saxon nobles at the edge of the sword; but the right of petition remained untouched.
It is impossible, in my mind, to distinguish between the refusal to receive a petition, or its summary rejection by some general order, and the denial of the right of petition.
These our great natural rights we keep to ourselves; we will not have them tampered with; respecting them we give to you no commission whatsoever.
Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.