That farago of Amendments borrowed from Virginia is by no means to be considered the sense of this Country; they were proposed amidst the violence and confusion of party heat, at a critical moment in our convention, and adopted by the opposition without one moment's consideration.
I have collected with some attention the objections of the honest and serious—they are but few & perhaps necesary—They require some explanations rather than alteration of power of Congress over elections—2
an abridgment of the Jurisdiction of the federal Court in a few instances, and some fixed regulations respecting appeals—
they also insist on the trial by jury being expressly secured to them in all cases—3
and a constitutional guarantee for the free exercise of their religious rights and priveledges—t4
he rule of representation is thought to be too much in the power of Congress—and the Constitution is silent with respect to the existing paper money an important and interesting property.
Instead of a Bill of rights attempting to enumerate the rights of the Indivi[du]al or the State Governments, they seem to prefer some general negative confining Congress to the exercise of the powers particularly granted, with some express negative restriction in some important cases.5
I am extremely anxious to know the progress of this delicate and interesting business; and if you could find leisure from the duties of office and the obligations of Friendship to give me some information on this subject, it might perhaps be of some consequence to this Country and would in any event be gratefully acknowledged . . . .