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title:“James Madison to Tench Coxe”
authors:James Madison
date written:1789-6-21

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Madison, James. "Letter to Tench Coxe." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 254. Print.
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James Madison to Tench Coxe (June 21, 1789)

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It is much to be wished that the discon{ten}ted part of our fellow Citizens could be reconciled to the Government they have opposed, and by means as little as possible unacceptable to those who approve the Constitution in its present form. The amendments proposed in the H. of Reps. had this twofold object in view; besides the third one of avoiding all controvertible points which might endanger the assent of 2/3 of each branch of Congs. and 3/4 of the State Legislatures. How far the experiment may succeed in any of these respects is wholly uncertain. It will however be greatly favored by explanatory strictures of a healing tendency and is therefore already indebted to the co-operation of your pen.

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