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title:“Oliver Wolcott, Sr. to Oliver Ellsworth”
authors:Oliver Wolcott, Sr.
date written:1789-6-27

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Wolcott, Oliver, Sr. "Letter to Oliver Ellsworth." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 255. Print.
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Connecticut Historical Society

Oliver Wolcott, Sr. to Oliver Ellsworth (June 27, 1789)

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With these Veiws I sincerely Wish that Congress would not relax from the Principles of the Constitution, nor attempt to effect (what some, I believe, Very erroneously call) Amendments thereto—To bind a government with Fetters of Iron which is founded on periodical Elections is in my Opinion, to guard against Evils of the Most Visionary Nature—The Executive will, in my Judgement, require a constant and active Support, otherwise a constitutional Defect will be found in that Branch of Government, especially after the great and confidential Character, who now possesses it, shall leave it.

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