English citations of rectitude

  • 1776, Thomas Jefferson, et al., Declaration of Independence, 4 Jul.:
    We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.
  • 2003, Edith Grossman (trans.), Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale, ch. 4:
    And he gave immediate proof of his rectitude: the melodramatic tale of anesthesia and rape was a criminal slander by his enemies, but the boy was his, conceived under normal circumstances.