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title:“James Madison to Robert S. Garnett”
authors:James Madison
date written:1824-2-11

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Madison, James. "Letter to Robert S. Garnett." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 313. Print.

James Madison to Robert S. Garnett (February 11, 1824)

FEBRUARY 1 1 , 1824 JAMES MADISON TO ROBERT S. GARNETT Montpellier, Feb. II, 1 8 24. The general terms or phrases used in the introductory propositions, and now a source of so much constructive ingenuity, were never meant to be inserted in their loose form in the text of the Constitution. Like resolutions preliminary to legal enactments it was understood by all, that they were to be reduced by proper limitations and specifications, into the form in which they were to be final and operative; as was actually done in the progress of the session.

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