Title page from The Writings, vol. 5 (1787-1790)

Part of: The Writings of James Madison, 9 vols. The Writings, vol. 5 (1787-1790)

Volume 5 of Madison’s writings in 9 volumes edited by Gaillard Hunt in 1900-10. This volume contains his public papers and his private correspondence, including speeches in the Virginia Convention and the First Congress.

Key Quotes

Presidents, Kings, Tyrants, & Despots

… experience proves the inefficacy of a bill of rights on those occasions when its controul is most needed. Repeated violations of these parchment barriers have been committed by overbearing majorities in every State. In Virginia I have seen the bill of rights violated in every instance where it…