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title:“Thomas Jefferson: Anas”
authors:Thomas Jefferson
date written:1792-4-6

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Jefferson, Thomas. "Thomas Jefferson: Anas." The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Vol. 3. Ed. Max Farrand. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911. Print.

Thomas Jefferson: Anas (April 6, 1792)

April the 6th [1792.] The President called on me before breakfast, and first introduced some other matter, then fell on the representation bill, which he had now in his possession for the tenth day. I had before given him my opinion in writing, that the method of apportionment was contrary to the constitution. He agreed that it was contrary to the common understanding of that instrument, and to what was understood at the time by the makers of it: that yet it would bear the construction which the bill put, and he observed that the vote for and against the bill was perfectly geographical, a northern against a southern vote, and he feared he should be thought to be taking side with a southern party. . . .
Written this the 9th of April.

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