Excerpt from Debates: And Other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia, Convened at Richmond, on Monday the Second Day of June, 1788, for the Purpose of Deliberating on the Constitution Recommended by the Grand Federal Convention; To Which the Federal Constitution This was a spectacle, which the political ah nals of the world had never before displayed. Almost all the governments which had preceded it, had been the offspring of force, or fraud, or ill-digested policy. They had been founded by the despotic power, or the intriguing arts of a few designing men. All the improvements, which had been introduced into their fundamen tal principles, had flowed from the unobserved innovations of time, or sprung from the insur rective impulse of the nation. It was left to the United States to exhibit the unprecedented spec(iv)
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