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the Slave-labor States. That definition of the character of our Government has no real foundation in truth, discoverable in the teachings or actions of the founders of the Republic who framed the National Constitution, nor in the revealments of history. Let us here consider two or three expressions of those founders:-- I hold it for a fundamental point, that an individual independence of the States is utterly irreconcilable with the idea of an aggregate sovereignty. --Letter to Edmund Randolph, April 8, 1787, by James Madison. The Swiss Cantons have scarce any union at all, and have been more than once at war with one another. How, then, are all these evils to be avoided? Only by such a complete sovereignty in the General Government as will turn all the strong principles and passions above mentioned on its side. --Speech by Alexander Hamilton in the Constitutional Convention, June 18, 1787. A thirst for power, and the bantling — I had like to have said the monster — s