James McHenry – Signer of the Constitution
Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The
doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the
rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a
conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts
of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain,
without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our
institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.