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The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism.

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Source Notes: Source: JOHN ADAMS, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, vol. 1 , Preface, p. 290 . First published in 1787.

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John Adams (October 30, 1735 July 4, 1826) was the first (1789 1797) Vice President of the United States, and the second (1797 1801) President of the United States.

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