American Constitutional Government

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1922 - Representative government and representation - 14 pages
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Page 5 - That the said report with the resolutions and letter accompanying the same be transmitted to the several legislatures in order to be submitted to a convention of delegates chosen in each state by the people thereof in conformity to the resolves of the convention made and provided in that case.
Page 7 - Great Britain may reap emoluments from this sort of traffic; but, when we consider that it greatly retards the settlement of the colonies with more useful inhabitants, and may in time have the most destructive influence, we presume to hope that the interest of a few will be disregarded, when placed in competition with the security and happiness of such numbers of your majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects.
Page 12 - Nay more, if the whole legislature, an event to be deprecated, should attempt to overleap the bounds prescribed to them by the people, I, in administering the public justice of the country will meet the united powers, at my seat in this tribunal ; and, pointing to the constitution...
Page 11 - In the main, however, that instrument, the model on which are constructed the fundamental laws of the States, has blocked out with singular precision, and in bold lines, in its three primary articles, the allotment of power to the executive, the legislative, and the judicial departments of the government. It also remains true, as a general rule, that the powers confided by the Constitution to one of these departments cannot be exercised by another.
Page 9 - Rockies on the west, and from the Great Lakes on the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the south.
Page 4 - ... noisome as the military dangers which State control of troops had brought forth during the Revolution. Madison truly said that "most of our political evils may be traced up to our commercial ones.
Page 14 - It is most fitting, now that the strength of William and Mary College is waxing, that she is to found a chair for that purpose, to bear the name of Marshall and Wythe. The purpose is to have the teaching of our Governmental history so thoroughly done that the hundreds and in a little while perhaps the thousands who go out each year from this old college, famous for its long line of great presidents and professors and its illustrious students, will in turn make the people understand the sources from...
Page 6 - While the defense of the Constitution had been very able in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and later in New York was to be most brilliant, the attack upon it in the Virginia convention was nowhere equaled or approached in power, learning, and dignity. Extravagant as the assertion appears, it nevertheless is true that the Virginia contest was the only real debate over the whole Constitution. It far surpassed, especially in presenting the reasons against the Constitution, the discussion in the Federal...
Page 13 - ... compelled to do now and then, that a statute is void because it violates either a State or the Federal Constitution, by an element of our population who are without roots in the Revolutionary days and the formative period of our government, makes it necessary that the colleges, and...
Page 7 - In Virginia's Convention, the array of ability, distinction, and character on both sides was notable, brilliant, and impressive. The strongest debaters in the land were there, the most powerful orators, and some of the most scholarly statesmen. Seldom, in any land or age, has so gifted and accomplished a group of men contended in argument and discussion at one time and place.

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