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title:“Notes on Debates by John Dickinson”
authors:Anonymous
date written:1787-6-18

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"Notes on Debates by John Dickinson." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 91-92. Print.
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Autograph Document, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Notes on Debates by John Dickinson (June 18, 1787)

1. Espint de Corps.
2. Love of power.
3. A constant and active Interest in support of a Government.
4. Force.
5. Influence, as to past—will names of Government Monarchy or Reepublic increase difficulties. No but Force will supply i.e. a standing army. The Espint de Corps overthrows the whole Plan.
Number 1. No Rule for Quota, yet adopted by the Gentleman for determining Representation.
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Gentleman describes Love of Power and Danger of it in an appointment of the Executive for 7 Years, yet places the Executive in a situation to urge by the most powerful Motives to become a Traytor to his Country.
How the English Constitution grew up. Island No need of standing Armies. Contest between King and Barons. Commons call'd into the Aid of the latter & provided for in every Accommodation. Otherwise in France and all the Rest of Europe where similar Governments were established by barbarous nations. No Instance of a Republic being changed into a limited Monarchy. Always into a despotism and Tyranny.
A Giant simple solitary slow heavy unwieldy.
The States will give Play to Aristocracy. Agreed. better than hereditary Courtiers.
Power to regulate Trade ———— Imposts Excise Stamp Post Executive in 3 ———— Office A limited Poll tax Annual Election of 1st Branch Right of originating Money Bills—what are such—no Tasks Representation in House of Commons to be for the first 3 5 or 7 years according to the present Quotas of Contribution. Afterwards in proportion to the sums actually paid into the Common Treasury within every 3 5 or 7 Years. Expence a point of Detail. Not to be taken for granted, that some Taxes besides Imposts and Excises will not be necessary.
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