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The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day and a little to-morrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one.

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Source Notes: Source: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, pp. 33132 .

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