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Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which as not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.

~James Q. Wilson

"Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament," 1774 (On the passions of men and the necessity of government)

Speech at the Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention, December 3, 1787 (Slavery and representation, importation of slaves)

"Of the Natural Rights of Individuals," 1790-91

"On the General Principle of Law and Obligation," 1790-91

"Of the Study of Law in the United States," 1790-91