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title:“Albert Gallatin in the House of Representatives”
authors:Albert Gallatin
date written:1798-6-19

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Gallatin, Albert. "Albert Gallatin in the House of Representatives." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

Albert Gallatin in the House of Representatives (June 19, 1798)

June 19, 1798.
Mr. G[allatin] said he was well informed that those words had originally been inserted in the Constitution as a limitation to the power of laying taxes. After the limitation had been agreed to, and the Constitution was completed, a member of the Convention, (he was one of the members who represented the State of Pennsylvania) being one of a committee of revisal and arrangement, attempted to throw these words into a distinct paragraph, so as to create not a limitation, but a distinct power. The trick, however, was discovered by a member from Connecticut, now deceased, and the words restored as they now stand.1
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  • 1 Quite probably the same as related in CCLXIX above.
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