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title:“Notes on Debates by Pierce Butler”
authors:Pierce Butler
date written:1787-6-16

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Butler, Pierce. "Notes on Debates by Pierce Butler." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 79. Print.
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Notes on Debates by Pierce Butler (June 16, 1787)

Mr. Lancey. Without regard to wealth numbers or anything else.
Mr. Patterson. I came not here to sport sentiments of my own, but to speak 1the mind of my Constituents. Perpetual is a word of Course as in Common Treaties of peace and Alliance. Shall we alter the plans without any tollerable reason. One free man is equal to another but it is not a just deduction that one free State is equal to another. The Quantum of power will depend upon the justice of the Representation. Has Congress been composed of weak or bad Men. This is not a fair Question. Speak of Measures not Men.
Willson. Inequality in representation a poison that must destroy the whole.2
Randolph. The Militia are incompetent to the purposes of defence. It would be very difficult to persuade the Militia of One State to march into another. This Argument was brought forward to prove the weakness of Congress.

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