While he is displeased with the abstract form of the Kentucky and Virginia
resolutions, he is even more distressed at their spirit. Antipathy to aliens has, in
Kentucky, suddenly been turned to sympathy since the ratification of the British treaty.
Since "democratic Gentlemen" are so fond of strict construction, what clause entitled 16
states to sit in judgment on the acts of Congress. Why set up a Supreme Court to pass on
laws of the Union, if this was to be done by State Legislature? Democrats are inspired
by ambition. Western New York is federalist, He is confident it will remain such, if
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