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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Some great constitutional questions. (search)
, and uses of a fort. The States are beautiful structures on the broad beach—the Union a surrounding dyke to fence out the flood. [Fisher Ames.] The Constitution and all its parts, as well as its history, are facts. Construction indeed! Gouverneur Morris deals with some of the constructors or interpreters as follows: The Legislature will always make the power it wishes to exercise * * swearing the true intent and meaning [of the Constitution] to be that which suits their purpose. [Iii, Lift, 46.] And in numbers 39 and 40, and in the Virginia Convention, he said it was the people as thirteen distinct sovereignties, and that the government formed was federal and not national. Washington, Hamilton, Sherman, Ellsworth, Ames, Bowdoin, Morris, and, in short, all the fathers, took the same view; all recognizing the union of sovereign States. Now, how is it possible for any informed person to doubt that sovereignty is, as James Wilson says, in the people before they make a Constituti