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" The late rebellion in Massachusetts has given more alarm, than I think it should have done. Calculate that one rebellion in... "
Inquiry into the origin and course of Political Parties - Page 41
by Martin Van Buren - 1867
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Documents of the Emerging Nation: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1775-1789

Mary A. Giunta, United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission - Political Science - 1998 - 311 pages
...judgment has been formed on all these points after having heard every thing which could be urged on them. I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. it is always oppressive, the late rebellion in Massachusets has given more alarm than I think it should have done,...
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Jefferson: Political Writings

Thomas Jefferson - History - 1999 - 623 pages
...chief criticisms are its "omission of a bill of rights" and his fears re a strong central government - "I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. " v1. 5 To Edward Carrington, May 27, 1788 v1. 6 To James Madison, July 31, 1788 Plea for...
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Compromise and the Constitution: The Political Thought of Henry Clay

Kimberly C. Shankman - Political Science - 1999 - 129 pages
...liberty; shortly after the Constitution was written, he wrote to remind his friend James Madison that "I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." As the possibility of oppression increased proportionate to the distance of the government...
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The Price of Liberty: Benjamin Franklin Wept

Tedd Adamovich - Fiction - 2000 - 236 pages
...street and publicly flog him." "That's a bit strong, don't you think?" "Heck no. Jefferson also said, 'I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.' He was exactly right, and that's exactly what we've got. They judge how good Congress...
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Power Versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson

James H. Read - Political Science - 2000 - 201 pages
...liberty of those subject to its authority, even — perhaps especially — in a popular government. "I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government," Jefferson wrote to Madison. "It is always oppressive."4 For Wilson energetic government and popular...
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The Federalist: With Letters of Brutus

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay - History - 2003 - 575 pages
...letter, and still less in spirit. This of course echoed '4 Here again Jefferson is an apparent exception: "I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." Jefferson to Madison, December 20, 1787, in JPW, p. 362. Later, as President (1801-08),...
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The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson - History - 2003 - 251 pages
...fact triable by the laws of the land, and not by the laws of nations. December 20,1787 (MCMII, 274) I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. It places the governors indeed more at their ease, at the expense of the people. December...
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The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

Edmund Sears Morgan, Professor Edmund S Morgan - History - 2004 - 315 pages
...new government, instead of merely revising the Articles of Confederation. To Madison he confessed, "I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." The new one promised to turn oppressive quickly, he thought, because it lacked a bill...
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Laboratory of Justice: The Supreme Court's 200-Year Struggle to Integrate ...

David L. Faigman - History - 2004 - 417 pages
...philosophy, firmly believing that power inevitably threatened liberty. Jefferson wrote to Madison, "I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."49 Still, being in Paris, Jefferson well appreciated that a disunited America led to disrespect...
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Into the Rabbit Hole

Michael David Warren - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2005 - 408 pages
...our rights that we resort to government at all." — Thomas Jefferson to Francois D'lvernois, 1795 "I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." — Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12/20/1787 "We're dealing with the oldest political...
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