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title:“Thomas B. Wait to George Thatcher”
authors:Thomas B. Wait
date written:1789-8-9

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Wait, Thomas B.. "Letter to George Thatcher." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 273. Print.
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Massachusetts Historical Society

Thomas B. Wait to George Thatcher (August 9, 1789)

The amendments to the National Constitution are generally good; but my friend there is an essential omission; and which I wish you to attend to when the Committee's report comes before the houseā€”It is this: "That Congress shall have power to appoint the times, and places of elections." &c. whenever any State shall neglect or refuse &c. The addition of this last clause, if it does no good, can never do an injury to the Constitution; and you may rest assured that it will have a salutary effect on the minds of the people.

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