DEFENCE OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE
UNITED STATES

Volume I


A Da Capo Press Reprint Edition

This Da Capo Press edition of A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America is an unabridged republication of the first edition published in London in 1787-1788.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 69-11328 SBN 306-71176-1

Published by Da Capo Press A Division of Plenum Publishing Corporation 227 West 17th Street New York, N.Y. 10011 All Rights Reserved

Manufactured in the United States of America


A

DEFENCE

OF THE

CONSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

BY JOHN ADAMS, LL. D.

AND A MEMBER OT THE ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AT BOSTON.

All nature’s difference keeps all nature’s peace. Pope.

LONDON:

MINTED FOR C. DILLY, IN THE POULTRY.

M.DCC.LXXXVII.


CONTENTS.

 

[Preface]  
LETTER [Subject] Page
I. Preliminary Observations 3
II.   5
DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
III. St. Marino 8
IV. Biscay 16
  The Grisons 21
  The United Provinces of the Low Countries 22
V. Switzerland 22
  Appenzel 23
VI. Underwald 26
VII. Glaris 28
VIII. Zug 31
IX. Uri 32
X. Switz 34
ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
XI. Berne 35
XII. Fribourg 39
XIII. Soleure 42
XIV. Lucerne 45
XV. Zurich 47
XVI. Schaffhause 49
  Mulhouse — Bienne 50
XVII. St. Gall 51
  Geneva 52
XVIII. Lucca — Genoa 56
XIX. Venice 58
  The United Provinces of the Low Countries 69
MONARCHICAL REPUBLICS.    
XX. England 70
XXI. Poland 72
XXII. Poland 74
XXIII. Recapitulation 91
PHILOSOPHERS.    
XXIV. Dr. Swift 97
XXV. Dr. Franklin 105
XXVI. Dr. Price 121
MIXED GOVERNMENTS.    
XXVII. Machiavel 141
XXVIII. Sidney 148
  Montesquieu 153
ANCIENT REPUBLICS, AND OPINIONS OF PHILOSOPHERS.    
XXIX. Harrington 158
XXX. Polybius 169
XXXI. Polybius 177
XXXII. Dionysius Halicarnassensis — Valerius 184
XXXIII. Plato 188
XXXIV. Sir Thomas Smith 207
ANCIENT DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
XXXV. Carthage 210
ANCIENT ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
XXXVI. Rome 215
ANCIENT MONARCHICAL REPUBLICS.    
XXXVII. Tacitus 225
XXXVIII. Homer — Phæacia 232
XXXIX. Homer — Ithaca 237
  Homer 242
ANCIENT ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
XL. Lacedæmon 249
ANCIENT DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
XLI. Athens 260
XLII. Antalcidas 286
XLIII. Achaia 295
XLIV. Crete 305
XLV. Corinth 308
XLVI. Argos 311
XLVII. Iphitus 315
XLVIII. Thebes 318
ANCIENT ARISTOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
XLIX. Crotona — Pythagoras 322
ANCIENT DEMOCRATICAL REPUBLICS.    
L. Sybaris — Charondas 327
LI. Locris — Zaleucus 331
LII. Rome 334
CONCLUSION.    
LIII. Congress 362
LIV. Locke, Milton, and Hume 365
LV. Conclusion 372
  Postscript 383

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