George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great
Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, - who was governor
of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual
way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and
let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia."
--George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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