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Letter to Ruth G. Hopkins, his daughter, Providence [R. I.]

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1782 July 16

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"I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and to the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers not granted; and on this very account, would afford a colorable pretext to claim more than were granted. For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?"
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"The truth is, after all the declamations we have heard, that the Constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS."
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James Monroe

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Map of Virginia Maryland and Delaware

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Check signed by James Madison

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Letter from John Morris

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"As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families. "
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Ncampment Traverse des Sioux

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"There are a few simple principles to be preserved. Bear in mind the dividing line between State rights and Federal authority; let us maintain the great principles of popular sovereignty, of State rights, and of the Federal Union as the Constitution has made it, and this Republic will endure forever."
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Our special artist on board the Lilian running the blockade into Wilmington harbour North Carolina

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collapses as Secretary of State Blaine gestures for help. Engraving from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper

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