The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional character, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is delivered.
north precinctof Braintree, Massachusetts (now Quincy)
Buried at Quincy, in a crypt at United First Parish Church.
- Novanglus; or, A History of the Dispute with America, From Its Origin, in 1754, to the Present, 1775
- Thoughts on Government, 1776
- A Defence of the Constitution of Government of the United States of America, 1787
He is vain, irritable and a bad calculator of the force and probable effect of the motives which govern men. This is all the ill which can possibly be said of him. He is as disinterested as the being which made him: he is profound in his views: and accurate in his judgment except where knowledge of the world is necessary to form a judgment. He is so amiable, that I pronounce you will love him if ever you become acquainted with him. He would be, as he was, a great man in Congress.
Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.