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title:“William Smith to Edward Rutledge”
authors:William Smith
date written:1789-8-15

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Smith, William. "Letter to Edward Rutledge." Creating the Bill of Rights. Ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Helen E. Veit. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991. 278. Print.
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South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston

William Smith to Edward Rutledge (August 15, 1789)

We have been these three days on amendmts.—a motion of Tucker's this morning respecting the right of the people to [illegible] instruct their represents. occasioned some warmth [Page torn] rudeness of Mr. Gerry, & some reflexions of Burke's [on the] Committee who brought in the Amendmts. & particularly on Madison: he said these Amendmts. were a mere tub to the whale & similar observations which were taken up warmly by Madison & others: Tucker's motion was voted for by 8 or 9 antifedls.—It is worthy of observation that the antifederals in our House have thrown difficulties in the way of these Amendmts. merely because they can't carry alterations which wd. overturn the Governmt.—there has been more ill-humour & rudeness displayed today than has existed since the meeting of Congress—1allowing to Gerry & one or two more–& to make it worse, the weather is intensely hot. William Loughton

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