A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.
The right of conscience and private judgment is unalienable, and it is truly the interest of all mankind to unite themselves into one body for the liberty, free exercise, and unmolested enjoyment of this right.
We stand a better chance with aristocracy, whether hereditary or elective, than with monarchy.
But Connecticut and Rhode Island have originally realized the most perfect polity as to a legislature.
Let the grand errand into America never be forgotten.
The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom.
Besides a happy policy as to civil government, it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice, equity, and public right.
All the forms of civil polity have been tried by mankind, except one, and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to be realized in America.
In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom.
The British merchants represented that they received some profit indeed from Virginia and South Carolina, as well as the West Indies; but as for the rest of this continent, they were constant losers in trade.
The greater part of the governments on earth may be termed monarchical aristocracies, or hereditary dominions independent of the people.
But a multitude of people, even the two hundred million of the Chinese empire, cannot subsist without civil government.
Indians are numerous in the tropical regions; not so elsewhere.
Let a bill, or law, be read, in the one branch or the other, every one instantly thinks how it will affect his constituents.
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