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title:“Elbridge Gerry to John Wendell”
authors:Elbridge Gerry
date written:1789-9-14

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Gerry, Elbridge. "Letter to John Wendell." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 294. Print.
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Maine Historical Society

Elbridge Gerry to John Wendell (September 14, 1789)

Whether the present constitution will preserve its theoretical ballance, for I consider it altogether as a political experiment, if it should, what will be the effect, or if it should not, to what system it will verge, are secrets that can only be unfolded by time: as to the amendments proposed by Congress, they will not affect those questions or serve any other purposes than to reconcile those who had no adequate idea of the essential defects of the Constitution.1 I shall however console myself with the reflection, that should the consequences be injurious or ruinous, nothing has been wanting on my part in Convention or Congress to prevent them.

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