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I heartily accept the motto, ?That government is best which governs least;? and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe??That government is best which governs not at all;? and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which the will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient....

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