The Definition of Liberty from 1828 and earlier


Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  

II Corinthians 3:17

liberty bell video pic cover


1828 edition of Webster’s American Dictionary

of the English Language

the definition of liberty:



LIB’ERTY, n. [L. libertas, from liber, free.]

1. Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty, when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.

2. Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.

3. Civil liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.

The liberty of one depends not so much on the removal of all restraint from him, as on the due restraint upon the liberty of others.

In this sentence, the latter word liberty denotes natural liberty.

4. Political liberty, is sometimes used as synonymous with civil liberty. But it more properly designates the liberty of a nation, the freedom of a nation or state from all unjust abridgment of its rights and independence by another nation. Hence we often speak of the political liberties of Europe, or the nations of Europe.

5. Religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control.

6. Liberty, in metaphysics, as opposed to necessity, is the power of an agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, by which either is preferred to the other.

Freedom of the will; exemption from compulsion or restraint in willing or volition.

7. Privilege; exemption; immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; with a plural. Thus we speak of the liberties of the commercial cities of Europe.

8. Leave; permission granted. The witness obtained liberty to leave the court.

9. A space in which one is permitted to pass without restraint, and beyond which he may not lawfully pass; with a plural; as the liberties of a prison.

10. Freedom of action or speech beyond the ordinary bounds of civility or decorum. Females should repel all improper liberties.

To take the liberty to do or say any thing, to use freedom not specially granted.

To set at liberty, to deliver from confinement; to release from restraint.

To be at liberty, to be free from restraint.

Liberty of the press, is freedom from any restriction on the power to publish books; the free power of publishing what one pleases, subject only to punishment for abusing the privilege, or publishing what is mischievous to the public or injurious to individuals.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them


A Special Vote Reminder from LaShelle — For those Awake and Awakening!

Hello Everyone,

Ever get convicted by God to do something?
What do you do when that conviction happens?
Do you act on it? Do you just leave it sit?

So Yesterday on my way home not once but twice I see a sign that says:

2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV) 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It places a check in my brain when I see it the second time.

I think to myself, Shelle, you had best pay attention to that because the Lord will
ask you to use it if he has shown it to you twice. If he shows it to you a 3rd time you better share.
About, a month ago Sandra Crosnoe posted this information about the upcoming election on Tuesday, June 11th:

Thank you Sandra for being obedient to the Lord in researching this matter,  to help us all be better stewards!!!! Forgive me, for being slow to recognize the importance of this matter and/or the time you have invested in the research.

What does this 1/2 cent sales tax do? Why would I ask you to humbly pray?

Well, the key word in here is humble, it means I need to remove my
pride and think about the things I need and not the things I want.

$ graphic RedAre you aware of the spending that is being planned on and around this
1/2 cent sales tax?

More info here: – pdf file


Consider this planning now and pray!!!

Seek you Lord for an answer!!!

If you don’t believe me, go reason with the Lord.When the Lord asks us to Humble ourselves and pray,  it is almost always to bring us to awareness.

The consequences of not making ourselves aware, almost always leaves the generations that follow us,  bearing the burden of our mistakes.
The Lord is leading me to vote, NO.  How is he leading you?

In his love

Vote today and say No to Debt!
Say No to Sales Tax Renewal and Set Yourselves Free

[Editor’s note:  Special thanks to Rick Tucker for finding the ballot wording and letting me know about the background information included on this post and in the original one.  Special thanks to LaShelle Griffith for the vote reminder from the heart.  May the Lord be pleased to bless our city, state and nation as we look to Him for guidance in matters all.]

Some Additional References:
The Lord said in 2 Timothy 3

New International Version (NIV)

3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud,
abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without
love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not
lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure
rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying
its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

see 1st Samuel 8

PS.  Did we really need some of the things this last half cent paid for?
Do you know what it paid for?

In these hard times a half cent means more than one would think. Tax
revenues increase as costs increase as well. How much more are you
paying in sales tax today due to inflation? How much more can you
afford that half cent then the next guy? Are you willing to decide for
him because you can afford it?
Set yourselves free. Debt is bondage!!!
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