Federalist Papers on Tyrany

Jul 2019
I have searched the federalist papers finding 38 occurrences of tyranny and its variations with the goal of understanding the purpose of each reference. I need help with Federalist 16 where Publius writes:

Attempts of this kind would not often be made with levity or rashness, because they could seldom be made without danger to the authors, unless in cases of a tyrannical exercise of the federal authority.

My suspicion for “Attempts of this kind” refer to the individual states electing to ignore some federal directive. There is little confidence there. I cannot figure out to whom the “authors” refer. Your thoughts are solicited.

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