William Pitt, the Elder, and the Right to be Free

Whenever we are faced with a bad storm like we are now, a famous speech from William Pitt, the elder, can be refreshing. Mr. Pitt made these remarks on March 10, 1763 regarding the freedom of man in his home from warrantless entries by the British government at the time. At the time Mr. Pitt was arguing against the searches being made to prosecute alleged violators of the infamous Cider Tax:

“The poorest man may, in his cottage, bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter. All his force dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenements.”

Have a safe week,

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