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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1521
AUTHOR: James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION: To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES MADISON, “Report on the Resolutions,” The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 6, p. 389 (1906).

This report of the resolutions of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1799 was submitted by a committee headed by Madison and is widely known as the Virginia Report of 1799.