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     The real wonder is that so many difficulties should have been surmounted with a unanimity almost as unprecedented as it must have been expected. It is impossible for any man of candor to reflect on this circumstance [constitutional convention of 1787] without partaking of the astonishment. It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.                                  – James Madison

     As to my sentiments with respect to the merits of the new Constitution, I will disclose them without reserve.... It appears to me ... little short of a miracle, that the Delegates from so many different States (which States you know are also different from each other in their manners, circumstances and prejudices) should unite in forming a system of national government, so little liable to well founded objections.                  – George Washington

     In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.      – Thomas Jefferson
 "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many ... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."                                    – James Madison
    The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the Legislature."   – James Madison
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