Thirteen governments […] thus founded on the natural authority of the people…

“Thirteen governments […] thus founded on the natural authority of the people…”

Thirteen governments […] thus founded on the natural authority of the people… --John Adams

Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.

John Adams

Year: 1787
Context: A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America

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