Richard Henry Lee

1732 - 1794

A Quote by Richard Henry Lee on body, liberty, men, military, mind, people, practice, principles, service, and wonder

Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.

Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794)

Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

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A Quote by Richard Henry Lee on body, facts, liberty, men, military, and people

A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . . and include all men capable of bearing arms. . . . To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike . . . how to use them.

Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794)

Source: Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer 53, 1788

Contributed by: Zaady

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