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"Were I to define the British constitution, therefore, I should say, it is a limited monarchy, or a mixture of the three forms of government commonly known in the schools, reserving as much of the monarchical splendor, the aristocratical independency, and the democratical freedom, as are necessary that each of these powers may have a control, both in legislation and execution, over the other two, for the preservation of the subject's liberty."

John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Boston Gazette, 27 Jan 1766, Adams Papers, V I, pp 167-168

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