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"The constitution supposes, what the History of all Govts. demonstrates, that the Ex. is the branch of power most interested in war, & most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the Legisl: But the Doctrines lately advanced strike at the root of all these provisions, and will deposit the peace of the Country in that Department which the Constitution distrusts as most ready without cause to renounce it."
Author: James Madison     Topic: Constitution Quotes
Source: A letter written to Thomas Jefferson, April 2, 1798, regarding President John Adams' authority during the Quasi-War with France (quote written as original with abbreviations).
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