Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
George Washington (173299)
Should the States reject this excellent Constitution, the probability is, an opportunity will never again offer to cancel another in peacethe next will be drawn in blood.
Attributed to GEORGE WASHINGTON.Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, November 14, 1787, p. 3, col. 1.
Charles Warren, The Making of the Constitution, p. 717 (1937, originally published 1928), quotes this, with slight variation in wording, but adds in a footnote: As Madison does not mention this speech, there is some doubt as to the accuracy of the report.