First Settlement of New England (A discourse delivered at Plymouth, Dec. 22, 1820)
"Ancestor’s Government, How Established-
Our ancestors established their system of government, on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits. Living under the heavenly light of revelation, they hoped to find all the social dispositions, all the duties which men owe to each other and to society, enforced and performed. Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens. Our fathers came here to enjoy their religion free and unmolested; and, at the end of two centuries, there is nothing upon which we can pronounce more confidently, nothing of which we can express a more deep and earnest conviction, than of the inestimable importance of that religion to man, in regard to this life and that which is to come…We are in the line of conveyance, through which whatever has been obtained by the spirit and efforts of our ancestors is to be communicated to our children."
He also spoke out against slavery.
From: The Wisdom and Eloquence of Daniel Webster compiled by Callie L. Bonney, J. B. Alden publisher 1886, NY, pg.18-20.
JGL Note: Let us stand for Godly principles for the welfare of our nation and teach them in our homes for the welfare of our children and the generations to come.. Bold lettering added by jgl.