largely to Hamilton
, who wrote more than half of them himself.
In manner they are not unlike the substantial Whig literature of England
, and in political theory they have little in common with the Revolutionary literature which we have been considering.
The reasoning is close, the style vigorous but neither warmed by passion nor colored by the individual emotions of the author.
remains a classic example of the civic quality of our post-Revolutionary American political writing, broadly social in its outlook, well informed as to the past, confident — but not reckless — of the future.
still read it who would be shocked by Tom Paine
and bored with Edmund Burke
It has none of the literary genius of either of those writers, but its formative influence upon successive generations of political thinking has been steadying and sound.
In fact, our citizen literature cannot be understood aright if one fails to observe that its effect has often turned, not upon mere verbal skill, but upon the weight of character behind the words.
Thus the grave and reserved George Washington
says of the Constitution
of 1787: “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can ”