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But there are two objections pg 25 agst admitting the Judges to share in it which no observations on the other side seem to obviate, the 1st is that the Judges ought to carry into the exposition of the laws no prepossessions with regard to them. 2d that as the Judges will outnumber the Executive, the revisionary check would be thrown entirely out of the Executive hands, and instead of enabling him to defend himself, would enable the Judges to sacrifice him. ...The President has been requested to write to the states unrepresented, pressing upon them the objects which require the attendance of their delegations, & urging them to come forward, amongst the objects is that of the report of the convention, which, it is supposed, is now in the State of parturition-this bantling must receive the blessing of Congress this session, or, I fear, it will expire before the new one will assemble; every experiment has its critical stages which must be taken as they occur, or the whole will fail-the peoples expectations are rising with the progress of this work, but will desert it, should it remain long with Congress-permit me to suggest one idea as to the mode of obtaining the accession of the States to the new plan of government-let the convention appoint one day, say the 1st of May, upon which a convention appointed by the people shall be held in each state, for the purpose of accepting or rejecting in toto, the project-supposing an act of the ordinary legislatures to be equally authentic, which would not be true, yet many reasons present themselves in favor of-special conventions-many men would be admitted who are excluded from the legislatures-the business would be taken up unclogged with any other-and it would effectually call the attention of all the people to the object as seriously affecting them.
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36 When the vote was nearing, and the constitution still looked likely to be defeated, Madison pleaded with a small group of anti-federalists, and promised them he would push for a bill of rights later if they changed their votes. ...Madison objected to a specific bill of rights41 for several reasons: he thought it was unnecessary, since it purported to protect against powers that the federal government had not been granted; that it was dangerous, since enumeration of some rights might be taken to imply the absence of other rights; and that at the state level, bills of rights had proven to be useless paper barriers against government powers.
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