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The frame of mind in the local legislatures seems to be exerted to prevent the federal constitution from having any good effect.

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That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness.

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They wish for a general government of unity, as they see that the local legislatures must naturally and necessarily tend to retard the general government.

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Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure, and civil war without a prospect of its termination.

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Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events.

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Our political machine, composed of thirteen independent sovereignties, have been perpetually operating against each other and against the federal head ever since the peace.

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We imagined that the mildness of our government and the wishes of the people were so correspondent that we were not as other nations, requiring brutal force to support the laws.

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Having proceeded to this length, for which they are now ripe, we shall have a formidable rebellion against reason, the principle of all government, and against the very name of liberty.

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Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of government unfounded in nature, are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have been assessed too high and collected too rigidly.

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We have arrived at that point of time in which we are forced to see our own humiliation, as a nation, and that a progression in this line cannot be a productive of happiness, private or public.

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