July 21, 2006

The Forgotten Founder

Jeffry Morrison, an assistant professor of government at my alma mater, has written a new book called John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic. In a recent review on OpinionJournal.com, Roger Kimball cites the book approvingly and says the Scotch Presbyterian divine is "the most unfairly neglected American Founding Father." Kimball offers this tidbit you didn't learn in your public-school history class:
When the Revolutionary War finally broke out, many – even George III – called it "The Presbyterian Rebellion." Ambrose Serle, a British clerk who accompanied the British army from 1776-1778, observed that "Presbyterianism is really at the Bottom of the whole Conspiracy." He wasn't wrong.

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