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Again, as these societies made a voluntary union, they could not, without a supervening revolution, be subject to involuntary and indissoluble relations. Nor could ‘the parties to the compact’—as Hamilton called them—after having established an agency, become subordinate and allegiant to it, without treasonable violence or fraud.

In fine, if the pernicious theory in question be maintained, we shall have reached a subversion of the republic — a change from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of their agency—‘the very way,’ says the great Burke, ‘in which all the free magistracies of the world have been perverted from their purposes.’

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