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1788

July 2, 1788
The erection of a new government, whatever care or wisdom may distinguish the work, cannot fail to originate questions of intricacy and nicety; and these may, in a particular manner, be expected to flow from the establishment of a constitution founded upon the total or partial incorporation of a number of distinct sovereignties. 'Tis time only that can mature and perfect so compound a system, can liquidate the meaning of all the parts, and can adjust them to each other in a harmonious and consistent WHOLE.

"Publius" [Alexander Hamilton], "Federalist No. 82," first published in the Independent Journal, July 2, 1788, written in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution
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