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title:“George Mason to Samuel Griffin”
authors:George Mason
date written:1789-9-8

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Mason, George. "Letter to Samuel Griffin." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 292. Print.
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George Mason to Samuel Griffin (September 8, 1789)

I have received much Satisfaction from the Amendments to the federal Constitution, which have lately passed the House of Representatives; I hope they will also pass the Senate. With two or three further Amendments such as confining the federal Judiciary to Admiralty & Maritime Jurisdiction,1 and to Subjects merely federal—fixing the Mode of Elections either in the Constitution itself(which I think would be preferable) or securing the Regulation of them to the respective States—2Requiring more than a bare Majority to make Navigation & Commercial Laws, and appointing a constitutional amenable Council to the President, & lodging with them most of the Executive Powers now rested in the Senate—3I cou'd chearfully put my Hand & Heart to the new Government.

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