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The Ridpath library of universal literature ... (v. 10)

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Pages: 430

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Clark Ridpath

Excerpt from book: FEDERALIST, The, a series of eighty-five political essays published between October, 1787, and April, 1788, in two New York newspapers, The Independent Journal and The New York Packet, besides a few in The Daily Advertiser. It was doubtful whether the newly drafted Constitution for the United States would receive the ratification of the State of New York. John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison concerted to write a series of essays explaining the intent of the proposed Constitution, and urging its ratification by the State of New York. No. 1, which was introductory to the series, was written by Hamilton: Jay followed with Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, issued in rapid succession, when he received an injury which disqualified him for mental exertion for several months. He, however, recovered in time to write No. 64, when the proposed series was drawing to a close. These papers were all addressed " To the People of the State of New York," and bore the common signature of " Pub- lius." They were recognized as an authoritative exposition of the principles and intent of the Constitution, and as the ablest advocate of its adoption. They were first put forth in a separate volume in 1788, several editions of which, with some slight corrections, appeared from time to time: up to 1852 there were in all about twenty editions issued. In 1863 Mr. Henry Dawson published the commencement of a critical edition, which was to consist of two large volumes: but only the first volume was printed. He undertook to reproduce the essays precisely as they originally appeared in the newspapers. A year later Mr. John C. Hamilton put forth another critical edition, in which he adopted the somewhat modified text which had the sanction of at least Jay and Madison. In 1886 Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge edited a complete ...  

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