To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
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Source Notes: Source: JAMES MADISON, Report on the Resolutions, The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 6, p. 389 .This report of the resolutions of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1799 was submitted by a committee headed by Madison and is widely known as the Virginia Report of 1799.
James Madison (March 16, 1751 June 28, 1836) was the fourth (1809 1817) President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution.