"The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution."

- PREAMBLE [U.S. Bill of Rights] (September 25, 1789).

Authoritative Government Source: U.S. National Archives

URL: U.S. National Archives