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  • god grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that anybody may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: 'This is my country!

    Benjamin Franklin's letter to David Hartley (December 4, 1789) as quoted in "The Writings of Benjamin Franklin," Volume 10 (p. 72) edited by Albert H. Smyth, 1907.
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