Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Alexander Hamilton (17551804)
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, The Farmer Refuted, The Works of Alexander Hamilton, ed. John C. Hamilton, vol. 2, p. 80 (1850).