Title page from Collected Works of James Wilson, vol. 1

Part of: Collected Works of James Wilson, 2 vols. Collected Works of James Wilson, vol. 1

This two-volume set brings together a collection of writings and speeches of James Wilson, one of only six signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and one of the most influential members of the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787. Wilson’s signal contribution was his advocacy for both a strong national government and an open and democratic political system, a position that set him apart from both Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

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Had it been the intention of Providence, that some men should govern the rest, without their consent, we should have seen as indisputable marks distinguishing these superiours from those placed under them, as those which distinguish men from the brutes. The remark of Rumbald, in the nonresistance…