"And on the distinctive principles of the Government of our own State, and of that of the United States, the best guides are to be found in ?1. The Declaration of Independence as the fundamental act of Union of these States. 2. The book known by the title of the ?Federalist,? being an authority to which appeal is habitually made by all, and rarely declined or denied by any, as evidence of the general opinion of those who framed and those who accepted the Cosntitution of the United States on quest"
"[A]s to the general principles of liberty and the rights of man in nature and in society, the doctrines of Locke, in his ?Essay concerning the true original extent and end of civil government?, and of Sidney in his ?Discourses on government?, may be considered as those generally approved by our fellow-citizens of this, and the US. And that on the distinctive principles of the government of our state, and of that of the United States, the best guides are to be found in 1. the Declaration of Indep"