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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1075
AUTHOR: Gerrit Smith (1797–1874)
QUOTATION: Liberty—precious boon of Heaven—is meek and reasonable. She admits, that she belongs to all—to the high and the low; the rich and the poor; the black and the white—and, that she belongs to them all equally…. But true liberty acknowledges and defends the equal rights of all men, and all nations.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative GERRIT SMITH, remarks in the House, June 27, 1854, Congressional Globe, vol. 23, Appendix, p. 1016.