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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H. (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 6: 10 May to 13 September 1788
18 (1995)

Commentaries on the Constitution: public and private,   pp. [1]-367


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full and comprehensive creed for the use of their creatures and ex-
pectants, who are obliged to believe and maintain every article of it,
right or wrong, on pain of political damnation. And to do those slavish
expectants justice, there never was on earth a set of more firm and
sincere believers; nor any who were willing to run greater risques in
defence of their political dogmas.
This political creed however is no new invention: 'tis the old tory
system revived by different hands. And the articles of it can be a secret
to no one, who has the misfortune to converse with any of its advocates:
But as such doctrines and maxims would better become the slave of
a Bashaw of three tails than the subject of a free republican government,
I shall just take the liberty, by way of specimen, to mention a few of
these articles for the sake of your more uninformed readers. And
1. They maintain that the revolution and the declaration of indepen-
dence, however important at those periods, are now to be considered
as mere farces, and that nothing that was then done ought to be any
bar in the way of establishing the proposed system of arbitrary power.
2. That as most of the European nations are in a state of vassalage
and slavery, the Americans easily may be brought to a similar situation,
and therefore ought to be reduced to the same abject condition.
3. That to compass this end, a large standing army should be kept
up in time of peace, under the specious pretence of guarding us against
foreign invasions and our frontiers against the savages; but in reality
to overawe and enslave the people, who, if provoked at the violation
of their rights, should at any time dare to murmur or complain, the
military should be employed to bayonet them for their arrogance and
presumption.
4. That to say the late convention was not authorised by the people
at large to form an aristocratic, consolidated system of government for
them, but merely to recommend alterations and amendments of the
good old articles of confederation, is downright treason and rebellion.
5. That to assert that it was a shameful departure from the principles
of the revolution and republicanism, and a base violation of the trust
reposed in them, is a crime of the deepest dye, and never to be for-
given.
6. That if any man in the course of his writings should happen to
give offence to a haughty favorite of the junto, it should be an express
condition in the admission of every person into the new administration,
that he concur in the prosecution of the author, or printer (or both
if the name of the author can be extorted or discovered, no matter
how vile and infamous the means) to the utmost rigor of the law, and
even in contradistinction to all law and justice.
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10 MAY, CC:739


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