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Johnathon Elliot, ed., Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Vol. 2 at 97 (2d ed., 1888).

“… if raised, whether they could subdue a Nation of freemen, who know

how to prize liberty, and who have arms in their hands?”

Delegate Sedgewick, during the Massachusetts Convention,

rhetorically asking if an oppressive standing army could prevail…


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