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title:“John Fenno to Joseph Ward”
authors:John Fenno
date written:1789-7-5

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Fenno, John. "Letter to Joseph Ward." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 258-59. Print.
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John Fenno to Joseph Ward (July 5, 1789)

I think this business of amendments a very unpropitious affair, just at this juncture—Mr. M{adison} is universally acknowledged a man of the first rate abilities: but there appears to be a mixture of timidity in his disposition, which, as he is so influential a character, I some times fear will be productive of effects, not salutary to say the least—1every movement of this kind, unhinges the public mind, gives an opening to the artful, unprincipled, & disaffected—who are waiting with burning impatience for an opportunity to embroil & embarrass public affairs.

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