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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H. (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 6: 10 May to 13 September 1788
18 (1995)

Commentaries on the Constitution: public and private,   pp. [1]-367


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738. Nathan Dane to Samuel Adams
New York, 10 May1
Yesterday were sent to me inclosed-the inclosed pamphlet and
printed letter, with a request to convey them to you, which I do myself
the honor to transmit accordingly2-So far as my information extends
the sentiments expressed by this writer, very generally meet the ap-
probation of those who aim at Just and uncorrupt Government on
republican principles-nor do I perceive any thing in this publication
in the least inconsistent with the determination of the Massa. Con-
vention-a determination, in my opinion, by far the wisest & best that
has been made on the Subject-for tho the situation of the Country
made it prudent to adopt the Constitution, and put it into operation;
yet, clear I am, that we ought not to relax a moment in our attention
and vigilance for further guarding and checking the exercise of powers
given by the Constitution, and for securing the liberties of America,
and an honest administration of Government on known and certain
principles-My fears and apprehensions do not arise altogether from
a consideration of the faults in the new Constitution; but, in a con-
siderable measure, from a full persuasion that we have many men, and
able ones too, in this Country who have a disposition to make a bad
use of any government; and who, if not well checked and restrained
by the forms of the Government, will, so far as they can have influence
produce a wicked and corrupt administration-and you may, Sir, be
assured that the Zealous advocates for the adoption of this Consti-
tution, and who are pretty numerous, artful and active, do not intend
that any amendments shall be adopted, even after the Constitution
shall be put into operation, if they can any way prevent it-at least
they will oppose all amendments which, I believe, the republican and
honest part of the Community will contend for-however, I think the
true Federalists, or true friends of a genuine federal republic, are ex-
tending their influence and connections very considerably; and tho a
large proportion of them considering our situation agree to adopt the
system as presented, they are determined with candor and firmness,
to endeavour to establish in these States governments on principles of
freedom and equality-whether the friends of honest measures-or the
friends of influence and corruption will succeed time only can deter-
mine-Sure I am, the former will have the support and advice of your
Self and many others who have Steered the political Ship through the
late Storm-
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