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title:“Samuel Johnston to James Madison”
authors:Samuel Johnston
date written:1789-7-8

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Johnston, Samuel. "Letter to James Madison." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 260. Print.
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Samuel Johnston to James Madison (July 8, 1789)

. . . I should be sorry to see any material Alterations take place in the Constitution, yet the addition of a little Flourish & Dressing without injuring the substantial part or adding much to its intrinsic value, such as a pompous Declaration of Rights, may have a happy effect in complimenting the Judgment of those who have themselves up in Opposition to it and afford a Salve to some well disposed men, who were unwarily drawn into these measures, for changing an Opinion which they had too hastily adopted.1

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