The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary…

The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day and a little to-morrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one.

Year: 1821
Context: Letter to Charles Hammond
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Source: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, pp. 33132.