FEDERALIST No. 14: Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered

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Antifederalist No. 13 — The Expense of The New Government

Part 1: From The Freeman’s Oracle and New Hampshire Advertiser, January 11, 1788, by “A FARMER.”Part 2: An unsigned essay from The Connecticut Journal, October 17, 1787. . . . . Great complaint has been made, that Congress [under the Articles] has been too liberal in their grants of salaries to individuals, and I think …

FEDERALIST No. 13: Advantage of the Union in Respect to Economy in Government

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Antifederalist No. 12 — How Will The New Government Raise Money?

“Cincinnatus” is an Antifederalist writer. In this essay, from an Address to a Meeting of the Citizens of Philadelphia, the writer responds to James Wilson’s statements about Congress’ powers to tax under the Constitution. It appeared in the November 29 and December 6, 1787, New-York Journal, as reprinted from a Philadelphia newspaper. On the subject …

Federalist #12: The Utility of the Union In Respect to Revenue

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Antifederalist No. 11 — Unrestricted Power Over Commerce Should Not Be Given The National Government

Some scholars regard James Winthrop of Cambridge, Massachusetts to be the “Agrippa” who contributed the series to The Massachusetts Gazette from November 23, 1787 to February 5, 1788. This is a compilation of excerpts from “Agrippa’s” letters of December 14, 18, 25, and 28, 1787, taken from Ford, Essays, pp. 70-73, 76-77, 79-81. It has …

Federalist #11: The Utility of the Union in Respect to Commercial Relations and a Navy

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Antifederalist No. 10 — On The Preservation of Parties, Public Liberty Depends

This essay follows a theme similar to Federalist No. 10, and appeared in the Maryland Gazette and Baltimore Advertiser, March 18, 1788. The opposite qualities of the first confederation were rather caused by than the cause of two parties, which from its first existence began and have continued their operations, I believe, unknown to their …

Federalist #10: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection

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Antifederalist No. 9 — A Consolidated Government Is a Tyranny

“Montezuma,” regarded as a Pennsylvanian, wrote this essay which showed up in the Independent Gazetteer on October 17, 1787. We the Aristocratic party of the United States, lamenting the many inconveniences to which the late confederation subjected the well-born, the better kind of people, bringing them down to the level of the rabble — and …