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In contemplating the effect that separation from England would mean to him personally, John Adams wrote:

“If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready at the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when that hour may. But while I do live, let me have a country, and that a free country.”

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be. – John Adams

(In his diary entry dated February 22, 1756)

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A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society?… The scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”

(Near the time of November 5, 1775, Abigail Adams wrote to her friend, Mercy Warren)