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Quote from Richard Henry Lee,

, (1732-1794, Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, initiator of the Declaration of Independence, member of the first
Senate which passed the Bill of Rights) - It is true, the yeomanry of the country possess the lands, the weight of property, possess arms, and are too
strong a body of men to be openly offended—and, therefore, it is urged, they will take care of themselves, that men who shall govern will not dare
pay any disrespect to their opinions. It is easily perceived, that if they have not their proper negative upon passing laws in congress, or on the passage
of laws relative to taxes and armies, they may in twenty or thirty years be by means imperceptible to them, totally deprived of that boasted weight
and strength: This may be done in great measure by congress.


Richard Henry Lee (more quotes by Richard Henry Lee or books by/about Richard Henry Lee)

(1732-1794) Founding Father


Letters From The Federal Farmer (1787)


Congress, Usurpation, Responsibility, Property, Arms, Defense, Power, Law, Tax, Militarism, Integrity


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