"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. "
"The true question to be decided then is whether the smallness of the number [of representatives], as a temporary regulation, be dangerous to the public liberty . . . . I must own that I could not give a negative answer to this question, without first obliterating every impression which I have received with regard to the present genius of the people of America, which actuates the state legislatures, and the principles which are incorporated with the political character of every class of citizens."
"I am unable to conceive that the state legislatures which must feel so many motives to watch, and which possess so many means of counteracting the federal legislature, would fail either to detect or to defeat a conspiracy of the latter against the liberties of their common constituencies."
"[Regarding legislative assemblies,] the number ought at most to be kept within a certain limit, in order to avoid the confusion and intemperance of a multitude. In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever characters composed, passion never fails to wrest the scepter from reason. Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob."