We did not listen! Benjamin Rush (January 4, 1746 – April 19, 1813) was a Founding Father of the United States. Rush lived in the state of Pennsylvania and was a physician, writer, educator, humanitarian, as well as the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
"By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime." -- Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Rush - Rush was active in the Sons of Liberty and was elected to attend the provincial conference to send delegates to the Continental Congress. Thomas Paine consulted Rush when writing the profoundly influential pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense. Rush represented Pennsylvania and signed the Declaration of Independence. He also represented Philadelphia at Pennsylvania's own Constitutional Convention, and got into trouble when he criticized the new Pennsylvania Constitution of…
The “Tranquillizing Chair” was created by Dr. Benjamin Rush as a more humane alternative to the straightjacket. Rush was one of the few to recognize that mental illness could be diagnosed, classified, & treated, & was not the result of “possession” by demons. He helped upgrade patient conditions & advocated occupational therapy, encouraging patients to sew, garden, listen to music or exercise.
“My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!” – Benjamin Rush, The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence and an amazing doctor.
The following is the original December 21, 1809 letter by John Adams followed by the transcription of this letter. The transcript has been modified from the original to include modern grammar and spelling.