In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775 (On our natural rights as a gift from the Creator)
The Vindication No. III, May-August 1792 (On the public debt and rights to property)
Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 28, 1788
Remarks on the Treaty of Amity Commerce and Navigation