Quote – Condemned to everlasting barrenness

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“What is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey? Shall the fields and vallies, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness?”

John Quincy Adams, 1802, when rationalizing territorial imperatives as God’s will