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 Hamilton is quoted as saying, “Purge the British Government of its corruption, and give to its popular branch equality of representation, and it would become an impracticable government.” The British Government has been pretty well purged, and its popular branch comes now very near to equality of representation. Yet, spite of Hamilton's prophecy, the machine still works, and works better and better for every successive measure of such purification and reform. So our government, relieved of the weight of this debasing patronage, would disappoint the sullen forebodings of Tory misgiving, and rise to nobler action.
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