• The infant periods of most nations are buried in silence or veiled in fable; and the world perhaps has lost but little which it needs regret. The origin and outset of the American Republic contain lessons of which posterity ought not to be deprived: and happily there never was a case in which every interesting incident could be so accurately preserved.

    James Madison, David B. Mattern (1997). “James Madison's "Advice to My Country"”, p.15, University of Virginia Press
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