|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Rufus Choate (17991859)|
|QUOTATION:|| There was a state without king or nobles; there was a church without a bishop; 1 there was a people governed by grave magistrates which it had selected, and by equal laws which it had framed.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Speech before the New England Society, Dec. 22, 1843.|
The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop.Junius: Letter xxxv. Dec. 19, 1769. Compare the anonymous poem The Puritans Mistake, published by Oliver Ditson in 1844:
Oh, we are weary pilgrims; to this wilderness we bring
A Church without a bishop, a State without a King.
It [Calvinism] established a religion without a prelate, a government without a king.George Bancroft: History of the United States, vol. iii, chap. vi. [back]