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title:“Notes on Debates by John Lansing”
authors:John Lansing, Jr.
date written:1787-5-31

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Lansing, John, Jr. "Notes on Debates by John Lansing." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 38. Print.

Notes on Debates by John Lansing (May 31, 1787)

In the Choice of the Senate, there is a material Difference between classing different Districts of the same State for the choice of Deputies or sub-electors, to appoint the Senators for their State; &classing together different States for that purpose—in the latter mode, there wou'd be Confusion, by blending together, in the choice, the Representations of different States.—The principal objection to each State's choosing separately, seems to be in the Danger of making the Senate too numerous; as the smallest State must have an Integral Vote in the Senate & the larger States in proportion.
Might not this objection be obviated, by apportioning duly the Representation to each State, giving the smaller States an Integer, &confining the larger States to sending a smaller number of Senators than their proportion, to deliver their due number of votes? This method wou'd perhaps be exceptionable in the first Branch of the Legislature; but the objections do not apply, with equal Force, to the Senate.

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