"The representative assemblies ?will consist almost entirely of proprietors of land, of merchants and members of the learned professions, who will truly represent all those different interests and views . . . it is admitted there are exceptions to this rule, but not in sufficient number to influence the general complexion or character of the government. There are strong minds in every walk of life that will rise superior to the disadvantages of situation, and will command the tribute due to their"
"The supposition of a want of proper knowledge [in the Federal government of ?local circumstances], seems to be entirely destitute of foundation. If any question is depending in a State legislature respecting one of the counties which demand a knowledge of local details, how is it acquired? No doubt from the information of the members of the county. Cannot the like knowledge be obtained in the national legislature from the representatives of each state. And is it not to be presumed that the men w"
"There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness. In one in which the measures of government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the community as in ours it is proportionably essential. To the security of a free constitution it contributes in various ways: By convincing those who are intrusted with the public administration, that every valuable end of "
"To provide employment for the poor and support for the indigent is among the primary, and at the same time not least difficult cares of the public authority. In very populous Countries the task is particularly arduous. In our favored Country where employment and food are much less subject to failures or deficiencies the interposition of the public guardianship is required in a far more limited degree. Some degree of interposition nevertheless, is at all times and every where called for."