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“This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and support.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON, “Farewell Address.”

“For I think it an undeniable position that a competent knowledge of the laws of that society in which we live is the proper accomplishment of every gentleman and scholar, an highly useful, I had almost said essential, part of liberal and polite education.”

WILLIAM BLACKSTONE.

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