Friday, September 19th, 2008 | Author:

[This post is part of the Favorite Founders' Quote Friday sponsored by Meet the Founding Fathers. Go to the site to see who else has participated today.]


The world, the flesh, and all the devils in hell are arrayed against any man who now in this North American Union shall dare to join the standard of Almighty God to put down the African slave-trade; and what can I, upon the verge of my seventy-fourth birthday, with a shaking hand, a darkening eye, a drowsy brain, and with all my faculties dropping from me one by one, do for the cause of God and man, for the progress of human emancipation, for the suppression of African slave trade? Yet my conscience presses me on; let me die but upon the breach.

John Quincy Adams
diary entry, spring 1841

As Adams poured himself out to put down the African slave trade, it seems there should be those among us, equally devoted, equally pressed by conscience, and appointed by God, to defend the right of life and liberty of the unborn. May God raise up a man from the mold of John Quincy Adams.

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4 Responses
  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Amen to that! What a gem from the diary of the “hell-hound of slavery,” as he was called! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this particular quote before, so this is a real treat.

    Did you know that while he was serving, Congress passed a rule that he was to be silenced every time he rose to speak? That’s because every time he rose, he was always bringing up that uncomfortable, conscience-pricking, politically inconvenient subject of slavery. But he didn’t quit. He was a rare breed of Congressmen — his conscience pressed on him to action. Not his pocket, not threats, not the next election. His conscience.

    Yes, may God raise up another man from his mold. But God will raise up such people through other people. He raised up John Q. Adams through the godly influence of his parents.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Woohoo! This is a red-letter day on my calendar, cause I found one that Herky didn’t know!!! :)

    I went through a couple other ones first, even had them on the blog, but that pesky Holy Spirit wouldn’t let me quit – so I think this one is a special gift from Him to you, Herky.

    And, yes, our country is in desperate need of some men with a conscience, men who operate on principles, rather than the self-serving pragmatists we see today.

    Thanks, Herky. You made my day!

  3. Hercules Mulligan says:

    LOL! Already I can almost hear my family echoing you — you out-did me on the quote-picking!

    Your comment is a blessing to me, too. I’m glad the Spirit inspired you to pick this one — it really is a good quote. :)

    I responded to your lovely comment on my “Hammy” blog, and thank you for leaving it. That poem was one of the greatest highlights of my discoveries.

    Your comments today have been a real “picker-upper” (I think I just made up a new word!). Thanks so much to you, and the Spirit. It always encourages me to know that somebody out there is being positively effected by my stuff. But I know that it is He who works in me, and in you.

    Until we “talk” again, God bless you and yours.

    ~Herky

  4. Mrs. Mecomber says:

    You found one that Herky did not know?!?! Wowww! lol ;)

    It is a great quote. I saw “Amistad” and, although there was a lot of creative license, it was so gratifying to see JQA portrayed as a hero in a film!