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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Patriot Deserving Greater Recognition

We visited Ipswitch, Massachusetts, and walked among some of its homes, the earliest of which having been built in the 1650s. I was surprised to learn about a patriot who deserves far more recognition than he seems to have received, Rev. John Wise. This man led a protest against taxation without representation a century before our revolution. He risked his life when he took action based on his beliefs. He wrote, "[t]he end of all good government is to cultivate humanity and promote the happiness of all, and the good of  every man in all his rights, his life, liberty, estate, honor, etc., without injury or abuse done to any."

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