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 Ratification of the Constitution Indexes | Index to Volume 15: Commentaries on the Constitution (3), 18 December 1787 – 31 January 1788 | G |  Government, Debate Over Nature of

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374. Charles Nisbet to the Earl of Buchan, Carlisle, 25 December [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:88]

379. Centinel VI, Pennsylvania Packet, 25 December [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:100]

399. America, New York Daily Advertiser, 31 December [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:197]

412. Cato VII, New York Journal, 3 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:242]

416. Publius: The Federalist 34, New York Packet, 4 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:260]

424–D. Massachusetts Centinel, 9 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:294]

425. Luther Martin: Genuine Information IV, Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 8 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:300]

428. Samuel Huntington, Oliver Wolcott, Sr., and Richard Law, Speeches in the Connecticut Convention, 9 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:314]

432. James Madison to Edmund Randolph, New York, 10 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:327]

436. Helvidius Priscus II, Boston Independent Chronicle, 10 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:333]

440. Publius: The Federalist 37, New York Daily Advertiser, 11 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:346]

453. Centinel XI, Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, 16 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:387]

458. Publius: The Federalist 40, New York Packet, 18 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:404]

474. Brutus X, New York Journal, 24 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:466]

484. Luther Martin: Genuine Information IX, Baltimore Maryland Gazette, 29 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:494]

485. James Madison to Tench Coxe, New York, 30 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:498]+

488. A Freeman II, Pennsylvania Gazette, 30 January [Commentaries on the Constitution 15:511]


– debate over vast extent of U.S. and need for a federal republic instead of a national government [14 references]

– argument that Constitution will create a consolidated government [16 references]

– representative government [7 references]

– theory that only a good administration is required for a good government [6 references]

– strong central government is needed [18 references]

– aim of government [9 references]

– denial that Constitution creates consolidated government [23 references]

– argument that the proposed government will act upon the people directly without state intervention [6 references]

See Also

See also Aristocracy

See also Balanced government

See also Coercive power

See also Democracy

See also Despotism

See also History

See also Monarchy

See also Republican form of government

See also Revolution, right of

See also Sovereignty

See also States, impact of Constitution upon

See also States under the Articles of Confederation