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Constitution Sunday: “Publius,” The Federalist VIII [Alexander Hamilton]

“Publius,” The Federalist VIII [Alexander Hamilton]

New-York Packet, November 20, 1787

Following are excerpts from The Federalist VIII, authored by Alexander Hamilton:

“Assuming it therefore as an established truth that the several States, in case of disunion, or such combinations of them as might happen to be formed out of the wreck of the general confederacy, Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: “Publius,” The Federalist VIII [Alexander Hamilton]”

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Constitution Sunday: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] III

“A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] III

Connecticut Courant (Hartford), November 19, 1787

Following are excerpts from Oliver Ellsworth’s article in the Connecticut Courant:

“A government capable of controling the whole, and bringing its force to a point is one of the prerequisites for national liberty. Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] III”

Constitution Sunday: “Philanthrop” to the Public

“Philanthrop” to the Public

American Mercury (Hartford), November 19, 1787

Following are excerpts from an article in the American Mercury, located in Hartford, Connecticut:

“Let us for a moment call to view the most specious reason that can be urged by the advocates for anarchy and confusion, and the opposers to this glorious Constitution, and see what weight a rational man could give Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: “Philanthrop” to the Public”

Constitution Sunday: George Washington to Bushrod Washington

George Washington to Bushrod Washington

Mount Vernon, November 10, 1787

Following are excerpts from George Washington’s letter to Bushrod Washington:

“Dear Bushrod: In due course of Post, your letters of the 19th. and 26th. Ult. came to hand and I thank you for the communications therein; for a continuation in matters of importance, I shall be obliged to you. Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: George Washington to Bushrod Washington”

Constitution Sunday: Refutation of the “Federal Farmer”: Timothy Pickering to Charles Tillinghast

Refutation of the “Federal Farmer”: Timothy Pickering to Charles Tillinghast

Philadelphia, December 24, 1787

Following are excerpts from Timothy Pickering’s letter to Charles Tillinghast, refuting the “Federal Farmer”:

“In respect to the organization of the general government, the federal farmer, as well as other opposers, object to Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: Refutation of the “Federal Farmer”: Timothy Pickering to Charles Tillinghast”

Constitution Sunday: Letters from the “Federal Farmer” to “The Republican”

Letters from the “Federal Farmer” to “The Republican”

New York, November 8, 1787

Following are excerpts from a series of letters published in New York, supposedly from the Federal Farmer to The Republican:

“A general convention for mere commercial purposes was moved for—the authors of this measure saw that the people’s attention was turned solely to the amendment of the federal system; Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: Letters from the “Federal Farmer” to “The Republican””

Constitution Sunday: A Further Reply to Elbridge Gerry: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] V

A Further Reply to Elbridge Gerry: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] V

Connecticut Courant (Hartford), December 3, 1787

Following are excerpts from Oliver Ellsworth’s article, published in the Connecticut Courant:

“The vice-president is not an executive officer, while the president is in discharge of his duty; and when he is called to preside his legislative voice ceases. Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: A Further Reply to Elbridge Gerry: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] V”

Constitution Sunday: Reply to Elbridge Gerry: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] IV

Reply to Elbridge Gerry: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] IV

Connecticut Courant (Hartford), November 26, 1787

Following are excerpts from Oliver Ellsworth’s article:

“Such a body of men might be an army to defend the country in case of foreign invasion, but not a legislature, and the expence to support them would equal the whole national revenue. Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: Reply to Elbridge Gerry: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] IV”

Constitution Sunday: “Americanus” [John Stevens, Jr.] I

“Americanus” [John Stevens, Jr.] I

Daily Advertiser (New York), November 2, 1787

Following are excerpts from John Stevens, Jr.’s article in the Daily Advertiser:

“But, so prone is the spirit of man to party and faction, that even this admirable system will not prevent their mischievous efforts, in a state possessing a ‘small territory.’ Continue reading “Constitution Sunday: “Americanus” [John Stevens, Jr.] I”

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