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title:“The Federalist, No. XXXIII. [Hamilton.]”
authors:Alexander Hamilton
date written:1788-1-3

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Hamilton, Alexander. "The Federalist, No. XXXIII. [Hamilton.]." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

The Federalist, No. XXXIII. [Hamilton.] (January 3, 1788)

But /smcap suspicion may ask, Why then was it [Art. I, Sect. 8, last paragraph] introduced? The answer is, that it could only have been done for greater caution, and to guard against all cavilling refinements in those who might hereafter feel a disposition to curtail and evade the legitimate authorities of the union. The convention probably foresaw, that it has been a principal aim of these papers to inculcate, that the danger which most threatens our political welfare is, that the state governments will finally sap the foundations of the union; and might therefore think it necessary, in so cardinal a point, to leave nothing to construction. Whatever may have been the inducement to it, the wisdom of the precaution is evident from the cry which has been raised against it;1 as that very cry betrays a disposition to question the great and essential truth which it is manifestly the object of that provision to declare.

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