"Among the many objects to which a wise and free people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be first . . . . At present I mean only to consider it as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquility, as well as against dangers from foreign arms and influence, as from dangers of like kind arising from domestic causes"
"Once an efficient national government is established, the best men in the country will not only consent to serve, but also will generally be appointed to manage it . . . and [it will] never experience that want of proper persons, which is not uncommon in some of the states."
"It is not a new observation that the people of any country (if like the Americans intelligent and well informed) seldom adopt, and steadily persevere for many years in, an erroneous opinion respecting their interests."
"The bordering states if any . . . will be most likely by direct violence, to excite war with other nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger, as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested."
"Let us resolve tonight that young Americans will always . . . find there a city of hope in a country that is free . . . . And let us resolve they will say of our day and our generation, we did keep the faith with our God, that we did act worthy of ourselves, that we did protect and pass on lovingly that shining city on a hill."