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Charles Gunter

Letter to the Charleston Mercury,


Move here to Brazil and buy land, which you can do on four years’ credit, at twenty-two cents per acre, better than I ever saw anywhere in the United States, even in the richest portions of Alabama. With your sons to assist you, you will be as independent in a year as any person need be. Bring with you all tools you can, as yours are generally better than can be bought here. Bring all your household furniture except very heavy articles of wood. Bring as many kinds of seed as you can, fig and grape cuttings. With what means you have, don’t fear to start. With your furniture, tools, and the labor of your sons, I should consider you rich. If you can bring any number of such families as your own, I can safely guarantee them homes, and plenty in a land for which Providence has done more than for any other I have ever seen or heard of. We have here a beautiful place for our village, in the center of rich land and on a grand river. This is midsummer, thermometer at 85 degrees, ranging through the year from 95 to 65 degrees. We are twenty-five miles from the sea and have a daily breeze from the Atlantic. There are now about twenty families here and, before you can join us, we shall have a steamer on the river. Our government is unobjectionable; there is the most perfect freedom of religious worship.

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Free State Project

“The New Hampshire Advantage,”


Do you want to live in a place where people take responsibility for their own actions, lives, and dealings with others? Where community is genuine and voluntary? Where your rights are fully respected, provided only that you equally respect the rights of others? So do we! Free Staters have chosen New Hampshire as our home—and for good reason. The Granite State consistently ranks among the best and freest states in the nation. In so many ways, it is the perfect launchpad for liberty. With its small population and live-free-or-die culture, New Hampshire is the ideal place to pioneer reform. Whether you aim to plan a legislative effort, grassroots campaign, meet up, conference, or public demonstration, you will find an enthusiastic legion of liberty-minded activists ready to help. The state has an active jury-outreach movement, and civil disobedience is practiced by peaceful communities that challenge authority. Groups regularly gather to publicly smoke marijuana, conduct open-carry litter pickups, film police encounters, and detour traffic prior to police checkpoints.

Join the Free State Project: 

(1) I hereby state my solemn intent to move to New Hampshire with the Free State Project.

(2) Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property.

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