Patrick Henry on a Bill of Rights * June 24, 1788
In my weak judgment, a Government is strong when it applies to the most important end of all Governments, the rights and privileges of the people. In the Honorable Member's proposal, jury trial, the press, and religion, and other essential rights, are not to be given up. What are they The world will say, that you intended to give them up. When you go into an enumeration of your rights, and stop that enumeration, the inevitable conclusion is, that what is omitted is intended to be surrendered.