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title:“James Madison to M. L. Hurlbert”
authors:James Madison
date written:1830-5

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

James Madison to M. L. Hurlbert (May 1830)

Montpellier, May, 1830.
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And if I am to answer your appeal to me as a witness, I must say that the real measure of the powers meant to be granted to Congress by the Convention, as I understood and believe, is to be sought in the specifications, to be expounded, indeed, not with the strictness applied to an ordinary statute by a court of law, nor, on the other hand, with a latitude that, under the name of means for carrying into execution a limited Government, would transform it into a Government without limits.

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