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title:“Edmund Randolph to James Madison”
authors:Edmund Randolph
date written:1789-6-28

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Randolph, Edmund. "Letter to James Madison." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 256-57. Print.
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Edmund Randolph to James Madison (June 28, 1789)

The amendments, proposed by you, are much approved by the strong fœderalists here and at the Metropolis [Richmond]; being considered as an anodyne to the discontented. Some others, equally affectionate to the union, but less sanguine, expect to hear at the next session of assembly that a real melioration of the Constitution was not so much intended, as a soporific draught to the restless.1 I believe indeed, that nothing, nay not even the abolishment of direct taxation would satisfy those, who are most clamorous.2 But I confess, I am still in hopes to see reported from your mouth some review of the various amendments proposed, and reasons against the fitness of such, as appear'd improper for adoption.

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