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  • ''A distinction of property results from that very protection which a free Government gives to unequal faculties of acquiring it.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Thomas Jefferson, October 24, 1787. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 10, pp. 213-14, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
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  • ''Of all the enemies of public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Political observations, April 20, 1775. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 15, p. 518, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Speech at Federal Convention, August 13, 1787. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 10, p. 147, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Speech in Congress, April 9, 1789. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 12, p. 71, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by Power. In America ... charters of power [are] granted by liberty.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Charters" (January 8, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 191, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Universal Peace" (January 31, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 207, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

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