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Second in a series of excerpts from

The Federalist Papers


NO 3: THE SAME SUBJECT AS IN NO. TWO

BY JOHN JAY, PUBLIUS

It is not a new observation that the people of any country (if like Americans, intelligent and well informed) seldom adopt and and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests. That consideration naturally tends to create great respect for the high opinion which the people of America long and uniformly entertained of the importance of their continuing firmly (UNITED) under one federal government, vested with sufficient powers for all general and national purposes.

Among the many objects to which wise and FREE people find it necessary to direct their attention, that of providing for their safety seems to be first. The safety of the people doubtless has relationship a great variety of circumstances and considerations, and consequently affords great latitude to those who wish to define it precisely and comprehensively.

At present I mean only  to consider it as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquility, as well, as against dangers from foreign arms and influence, as from dangers of the like kind arising from domestic causes. As the former of these comes first in order, it is proper it should be the first discussed. Let us therefore proceed to examine whether (THE PEOPLE) are right in their opinion that a cordial Union, under an efficient national government, affords them the best security that can be devised against hostilities from abroad.

The number of wars which have happened or will happen in the world will always be found to be in proportion to the number and weight of the causes, whether real or pretended, which provoke or invite them.