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Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.Madison, James
Source: JAMES MADISON, speech in the Virginia Convention, Richmond, Virginia, June 6, 1788.The Papers of James Madison, ed. Robert A. Rutland and Charles F. Hobson, vol. 11, p. 79 .This general defense of the Constitution was presented by Madison in response to Patrick Henrys lengthy attack on the Constitution the preceding day. · This quote is about uncategorised · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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