The Writings of James Madison: 1787. The journal of the Constitutional convention

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Page 18 - That each branch ought to possess the right of originating acts; that the National Legislature ought to be empowered to enjoy the Legislative rights vested in Congress by the Confederation, and moreover to legislate in all cases to which the separate States are incompetent, or in which the harmony of the United States may be interrupted by the exercise of individual legislation...
Page 310 - I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God Governs in the affairs of men.
Page 162 - ... that the National Legislature ought to be empowered to enjoy the Legislative rights vested in Congress by the Confederation, and moreover to legislate in all cases to which the separate States are incompetent, or in which the harmony of the United States may be interrupted by the exercise of individual legislation ; to negative all laws passed by the several States contravening, in the opinion of the National Legislature, the Articles of Union, or any treaty subsisting under the authority of...
Page 18 - Resolved, That the members of the second branch of the national Legislature ought to be elected by those of the first out of a proper number of persons nominated by the individual Legislatures...
Page 41 - That a national government ought to be established, consisting of a supreme Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.
Page 310 - In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard ; and they were graciously answered. All of us, who were engaged in the struggle, must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.
Page 310 - We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it.
Page 19 - States should hereafter be increased or diminished. 4. RESOLVED, that the United States in Congress be authorized to elect a Federal Executive, to consist of persons, to continue in office for the term of years, to receive punctually at stated times a fixed compensation for their services, in which no increase or diminution shall be made so as to affect the persons...
Page 21 - Resolved that the amendments which shall be offered to the Confederation, by the Convention ought at a proper time, or times, after the approbation of Congress to be submitted to an assembly or assemblies of Representatives, recommended by the several Legislatures to be expressly chosen by the people, to consider and decide thereon...
Page 137 - That the right of suffrage in the first branch of the national legislature ought not to be according to the rule established in the Articles of Confederation, but according to some equitable ratio of representation...

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