Alexander Hamilton: The sacred rights of mankind…are written, as with a sun beam… by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

When Loyalist writings began to appear in New York newspapers in 1775, nineteen-year-old Hamilton responded with an essay defending the colonists’ right of revolution. Still a student at King’s College, he followed up with this second pamphlet, expanding his argument on the purpose of legitimate government.

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.

Source: http://www.constitutionreader.com/reader.engz?doc=constitution&chapter=OEBPS/Text/ch15.xhtml

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