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Federalist 17

Allowing the utmost latitude to the love of power, … I confess I am at a loss to discover what temptation the persons entrusted with the administration of the general government could ever feel to divest the States of the authorities of that description. The regulation of the mere domestic police of a State appears to me to hold out slender allurements to ambition. … The administration of private justice between the citizens of the same State, the supervision of agriculture and of other concerns of a similar nature, all those things in short which are proper to be provided for by a local legislation, can never be desirable cares of a general jurisdiction. It is therefore improbable that there should exist a disposition in the Foederal [sic] councils to usurp the powers with which they are connected; … the attempt to exercise those powers would be as troublesome as it would be nugatory; … and the possession of them, for that reason, would contribute nothing to the dignity, to the importance, or to the splendour of the national government.

–Alexander Hamilton

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