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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.

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Source Notes: 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.

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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.

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