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DEFENCE OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE
UNITED STATES

Volume I


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This Da Capo Press edition of A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America is an unabridged republication of the first edition published in London in 1787-1788.

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A

DEFENCE

OF THE

CONSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

BY JOHN ADAMS, LL. D.

AND A MEMBER OT THE ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AT BOSTON.

All nature's difference keeps all nature's peace. Pope.

LONDON:

MINTED FOR C. DILLY, IN THE POULTRY.

M.DCC.LXXXVII.


CONTENTS.

HTML Version Text Version   [Preface]  
  LETTER [Subject] Page
HTML Version Text Version I. Preliminary Observations 3
HTML Version Text Version II.   5
  DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version III. St. Marino 8
HTML Version Text Version IV. Biscay 16
    The Grisons 21
    The United Provinces of the Low Countries 22
HTML Version Text Version V. Switzerland 22
    Appenzel 23
HTML Version Text Version VI. Underwald 26
HTML Version Text Version VII. Glaris 28
HTML Version Text Version VIII. Zug 31
HTML Version Text Version IX. Uri 32
HTML Version Text Version X. Switz 34
  ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XI. Berne 35
HTML Version Text Version XII. Fribourg 39
HTML Version Text Version XIII. Soleure 42
HTML Version Text Version XIV. Lucerne 45
HTML Version Text Version XV. Zurich 47
HTML Version Text Version XVI. Schaffhause 49
    Mulhouse — Bienne 50
HTML Version Text Version XVII. St. Gall 51
    Geneva 52
HTML Version Text Version XVIII. Lucca — Genoa 56
HTML Version Text Version XIX. Venice 58
    The United Provinces of the Low Countries 69
  MONARCHICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XX. England 70
HTML Version Text Version XXI. Poland 72
HTML Version Text Version XXII. Poland 74
HTML Version Text Version XXIII. Recapitulation 91
  PHILOSOPHERS.
HTML Version Text Version XXIV. Dr. Swift 97
HTML Version Text Version XXV. Dr. Franklin 105
HTML Version Text Version XXVI. Dr. Price 121
  MIXED GOVERNMENTS.
HTML Version Text Version XXVII. Machiavel 141
HTML Version Text Version XXVIII. Sidney 148
    Montesquieu 153
  ANCIENT REPUBLICS, AND OPINIONS OF PHILOSOPHERS.
HTML Version Text Version XXIX. Harrington 158
HTML Version Text Version XXX. Polybius 169
HTML Version Text Version XXXI. Polybius 177
HTML Version Text Version XXXII. Dionysius Halicarnassensis — Valerius 184
HTML Version Text Version XXXIII. Plato 188
HTML Version Text Version XXXIV. Sir Thomas Smith 207
  ANCIENT DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XXXV. Carthage 210
  ANCIENT ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XXXVI. Rome 215
  ANCIENT MONARCHICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XXXVII. Tacitus 225
HTML Version Text Version XXXVIII. Homer — Phæacia 232
HTML Version Text Version XXXIX. Homer — Ithaca 237
HTML Version Text Version   Homer 242
  ANCIENT ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XL. Lacedæmon 249
  ANCIENT DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XLI. Athens 260
HTML Version Text Version XLII. Antalcidas 286
HTML Version Text Version XLIII. Achaia 295
HTML Version Text Version XLIV. Crete 305
HTML Version Text Version XLV. Corinth 308
HTML Version Text Version XLVI. Argos 311
HTML Version Text Version XLVII. Iphitus 315
HTML Version Text Version XLVIII. Thebes 318
  ANCIENT ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version XLIX. Crotona — Pythagoras 322
  ANCIENT DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.
HTML Version Text Version L. Sybaris — Charondas 327
HTML Version Text Version LI. Locris — Zaleucus 331
HTML Version Text Version LII. Rome 334
  CONCLUSION.
HTML Version Text Version LIII. Congress 362
HTML Version Text Version LIV. Locke, Milton, and Hume 365
HTML Version Text Version LV. Conclusion 372
HTML Version Text Version   Postscript 383
       

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