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title:“Charles Pinckney to James Madison”
authors:Charles Pinckney
date written:1789-3-28

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Pinckney, Charles. "Letter to James Madison." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

Charles Pinckney to James Madison (March 28, 1789)

Charleston March 28: 1789.
Are you not, to use a full expression, abundantly convinced that the theoretical nonsense of an election of the members of Congress by the people in the first instance, is clearly and practically wrong.1 — that it will in the end be the means of bringing our councils into contempt & that the legislature are the only proper judges of who ought to be elected? — —
Are you not fully convinced that the Senate ought at least to be double their number to make them of consequence & to prevent their falling into the same comparative state of insignificance that the state Senates have, merely from their smallness? —
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  • 1 See CCXXXVII above.
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