Monday, September 5, 2011

John Smith

[Y]ou must obey this now for a Law, that he that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled): for the labors of thirty or forty honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain an hundred and fifty idle loiterers.

From his 1624 book, The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles.  

John Smith was such a troublemaker during the 1607 voyage from England to Jamestown that the commander of the expedition wanted to execute him.  But Smith cleaned up his act and was elected president of the colony in September 1608.  Shortly thereafter, he issued the order quoted above.  

Smith's pronouncement was taken almost word for word  from II Thessalonians 3:10 -- "He who does not work, will not eat."  

Happy Labor Day!

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