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title:“Notes on Debates by Pierce Butler”
authors:Pierce Butler
date written:1787-6-18

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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. 92-93. Print.
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Notes on Debates by Pierce Butler (June 18, 1787)

Col Hambleton. The Diet of Germany legislated on Individuals of the different Electoral Territories. Not only where they attempt to Contravene the Laws, established Laws of the Diet agreed to in the Diet. The States may be disposed to oppose the general Government and she is adequate to it. the defense the Common Militia of a State is not adequate even to state defence as in Massachusetts foreign powers [indecipherable] disaffected states. A dispensation of honors in every state. No vigorous exertion without a distribution of honors in individual states. Men collectively he says are governed by passions. The states will be rivals of the General. No! Make it their Interest by Laws of General Equity and they will support the general Government. The Amphiction Council, as to those made of raising Money and extending the Quota. Quotas would destroy the whole because there is no standard duty on Exports. Staple states take care. Large states will not agree to the small ones to dispose of their property. We must then resort to Equity. Bad principles will produce their Effects. Troops cant be brought forward in proportion to the population. Men will try to extend their power. If the General Govt. prevails the Individual must fall. In the British Constitution Individuals are best secured. What are Impressments. The Executive is above all temptation. is it proved so by the Conduct of the Kings of Britain Sweden Prussia. In Poland, he says there are great Barons who overawe. He will leave power in Individual States respecting Finance the power of carrying on War. I am against it. Witness the Stadholder.

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