Constitution Sunday: “James Wilson’s Speech at a Public Meeting”

James Wilson’s Speech at a Public Meeting Philadelphia, October 6, 1787 Following are excerpts of James Wilson’s speech:


The Deftness of the Federalists

As the Constitution was being drafted and ratified, opinions ranged on the prospects for it effectively governing America. Some in the Philadelphia Convention believed it was “nothing more than a combination of the peculiarities of two of the State Governments which separately had been found insufficient.” Gordon Wood, The Creation of the American Republic: 1776-1787, 519 quoting Madison, […]