This post and the previous one result from reading Our Sacred Honor: Words of Advice from the Founders in Stories, Letters, Poems, and Speeches. This quotation is from James Wilson: Pennsylvania representative to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, a framer of the US Constitution, and also a Justice of the Supreme Court. Wilson in 1790:
James Wilson, The Laws of Nature, 1790Now that we have stated and answered the first question; let us proceed to the consideration of the second—how shall we, in particular instances, learn the dictates of our duty, and make, with accuracy, the proper distinction between right and wrong; in other words, how shall we, in particular cases, discover the will of God? We discover it by our conscience, by our reason, and by the Holy Scriptures. The law of nature and the law of revelation are both divine; they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is, indeed, preposterous to separate them from each other. The object of both is—to discover the will of God—and both are necessary for the accomplishment of that end.