• People are not usually deprived of their liberties all at once, but gradually, by one encroachment after another, as it is found they are disposed to bear them.

    Jonathan Mayhew (1764). “Remarks on an Anonymous Tract, Entitled An Answer to Dr. Mayhew's Observations on the Charter and Conduct of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts: Being a Second Defence of the Said Observations. By Jonathan Mayhew, D.D. Pastor of the West-Church in Boston”, p.62