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 Ratification of the Constitution Indexes | Index to Volumes 8–10: Ratification of the Constitution by the States: Virginia | H |  Human Nature

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George Washington to Edmund Randolph, Mount Vernon, 8 January [Ratification by the States 8:286]+

A Native of Virginia: Observations upon the Proposed Plan of Federal Government, 2 April [Ratification by the States 9:693]

Richard Henry Lee to John Lamb, Chantilly, 27 June [Ratification by the States 9:826]

Debates [Ratification by the States 9:1092]

Debates [Ratification by the States 9:1119]

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– framers of Constitution give dignity to [1 reference]

– indispensable rights of [1 reference]

– laws necessary for general public [1 reference]

– restraint necessary for those in power [1 reference]

– power corrupts [10 references]

– age makes people cautious [1 reference]

– mankind abuses system under guise of helping [1 reference]

– perversity of [1 reference]

– weakness of threatens all governments [1 reference]

– rights need to be protected against [1 reference]

– few will not protect many [1 reference]

– fallibility of [10 references]

– diversity of opinion of [2 references]

– governed by interest [8 references]

– religion as an ineffective constraint upon [1 reference]

– tyranny of majority [1 reference]

– does not necessarily become corrupted when in power [1 reference]

– not sufficiently wary of small problems [1 reference]

– levity and fickleness are foibles of [1 reference]

– love of power [8 references]

– passions [2 references]

– imbecility of [2 references]

– frailty of [3 references]

– whether it is suited to liberty [1 reference]

– inconstant is mind of man [1 reference]

– depravity of [3 references]

– prone to domination [1 reference]

– men are not by nature tyrants [1 reference]

– slave owners a disgrace to [1 reference]

– cannot exist without assistance of government [1 reference]

– effort to destroy democracy is a disease of [1 reference]

– cannot be moderate in politics and succeed [1 reference]

– excessive political jealousy is degrading to [1 reference]

– people do not contribute money voluntarily [2 references]

– self-preservation is primary maxim of [1 reference]

– man is capable of governing himself [1 reference]

– man is unable to govern himself [1 reference]

– always some people disturbing peace of others [1 reference]

– faction and turbulence is natural to [1 reference]

– institutions of man are flawed [1 reference]

– bill of rights is dear to [1 reference]

– all mankind act on best motives [1 reference]

– corruptibility of [1 reference]

– too much suspicion is better than none [1 reference]

– officeholders must be checked [1 reference]

– virtue of man is not a secure foundation for liberty [1 reference]

– man would not try to hurt community at large [1 reference]

– honesty of [1 reference]

– men will never be satisfied with their happiness [1 reference]

– never changes [1 reference]

– even greatest men err [1 reference]

– man robs and massacres other men [1 reference]

See Also

See also Corruption

See also Happiness

See also Virtue