There was a state without king or nobles; there was a church without a bishop;1 there was a people governed by grave magistrates which it had selected, and by equal laws which it had framed.
Speech before the New England Society, Dec. 22, 1843.
Note 1. The Americans equally detest the pageantry of a king and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop.Junius: Letter xxxv. Dec. 19, 1769. Compare the anonymous poem The Puritans Mistake, published by Oliver Ditson in 1844: Oh, we are weary pilgrims; to this wilderness we bring A Church without a bishop, a State without a King.
It [Calvinism] established a religion without a prelate, a government without a king.George Bancroft: History of the United States, vol. iii, chap. vi. [back]