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"No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability."
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-349105
"The want of confidence in the public councils clamps every useful undertaking . . . . What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce, when he knows not but that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?"
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"It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it, may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust."
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"The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies, to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders, into intemperate and pernicious resolutions."
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"One nation is to another what one individual is to another; with this melancholy distinction perhaps, that the former with fewer of the benevolent emotions than the latter, are under fewer restraints also from taking undue advantage of the indiscretions of each other."
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"Another advantage accruing from this ingredient in the constitution of a senate, is the additional impediment it must prove against improper acts of legislation. No law or resolution can now be passed without the concurrence first of a majority of the people, and then of a majority of the states."
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"It is superfluous to try by the standards of theory, a part of the constitution which is allowed on all hands to be the result not of theory, but ?of a spirit of amity, and that mutual deference and concession which the peculiarity of our political situation rendered indispensable? . . . the equal vote allowed to each state, is at once a constitutional recognition of the portion of sovereignty remaining in the individual states, and an instrument for preserving that residuary sovereignty."
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"The appointment of senators by the state legislatures . . . is recommended by the double advantage of favoring a select appointment, and of giving to the state governments such an agency in the formation of the federal government, as must secure the authority of the former."
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"A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the object of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained."
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"It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it, may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust."
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"Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few not for the many."
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-349093
"A good government implies two things: first, fidelity to the object of government, which is the happiness of the people; secondly, a knowledge of the means by which that object can be best attained."
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"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow."
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"Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known and less fixed?"
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"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow."
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"The qualifications proposed for senators, as distinguished from those of representatives, consist in a more advanced age, and a longer period of citizenship. A senator must be thirty years of age at least; as representative, must be twenty-five. And the former must have been a citizen nine years; as seven years are required for the latter. The propriety of these distinctions is explained by the nature of the senatorial trust; which requiring greater extent of information and stability of charact"
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"Another defect to be supplied by a senate lies in a want of due acquaintance with the objects and principles of legislation . . . no small share of the present embarrassments of America is to be charged on the blunders of our governments; and that these have proceeded from the heads rather than the hearts of most of the members of them. What indeed are all the repealing, explaining, and amending laws . . . but so many monuments of deficient wisdom?A good government implies two things; first, fid"
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Letter from William Eve

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MB an Rebecka, 27. Februar 1838.

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FMB an Paul, 27 February 1845

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Atwood, Mrs. Montgomery. ALS to 1867 Feb. 27

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Atwood Mrs. Montgomery. ALS to 1867 Feb. 27

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Atwood Mrs. Montgomery. ALS to 1867 Feb. 27

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Atwood Mrs. Montgomery. ALS to 1867 Feb. 27

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Atwood Mrs. Montgomery. ALS to 1867 Feb. 27

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Atwood Mrs. Montgomery. ALS to 1867 Feb. 27

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