The best government is that which governs least. No human depositories [of power] can, with safety, be trusted with the power of legislation upon the general interests of society so as to operate directly or indirectly upon the industry and property of the community.
Democratic Review, first issue, 1837. Cited, by Clarence B. Carson, A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 3: The Sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877, pg.28