“[W]hen I view among such converts men otherwise pre-eminent it raises a blush for the weakness of humanity that these, her brightest ornaments, should be so dimsighted to what is self-evident to most men, that such imbecility of judgment should appear where so much perfection was looked for.
This ought to teach us to depend more on our own judgment and the nature of the case than upon the opinions of the greatest and best of men, who, from constitutional infirmities or particular situations, may sometimes view an object through a delusive medium; but the opinions of great men are more frequently the dictates of ambition or private interest.”
– Samuel Bryan (Centinel), Anti-Federalist No. 6, “The Hobgoblins of Anarchy and Dissentions Among the States,” Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, January 16, 1788
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