Constitution

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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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