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AUTHOR: William Ewart Gladstone (1809–98)
QUOTATION: As the British Constitution is the most subtile organism which has proceeded from the womb and the long gestation of progressive history, so the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM E. GLADSTONE, “Kin Beyond Sea,” The North American Review, September–October 1878, p. 185.
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States