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
Index, pp. 415-458 ff.
COMMENTARIES ON THE CONSTITUTION GERRY, ANN (Mass.), 206 GERRY, ELBRIDGE (Mass.; CC:Vol. 1, 196n): opposes Constitution, 21; de- feated for governor, 284-85 -letter from, 206-7n GIFTS, EMOLUMENTS, ETC.: See Emolu- ments, presents, etc. GOD: will lead America to defeat Consti- tution, 58; hope for blessing of for Va. Convention, 78; role of in drafting and ratifying of, 82, 160, 189, 195, 255, 266, 269n, 274, 378, 381; civil liberties of America are protected by, 150, 232; call upon for wisdom, 182, 185; has spe- cial role for America, 184, 341, 358-59; gives U.S. commercial advantages, 185; hope for protection of from dangers of the Constitution, 206; America has been blessed by, 207, 209n, 223, 230, 341, 381; points the way for U.S., 208n; has wanted John Adams to play a key role in America, 213; thanked for Constitu- tion, 223; grants U.S. a free govern- ment, 232; creates important role for agriculture and manufactures in U.S., 264; hope for continued protection of U.S., 275. See also Biblical references; Clergy; Religion, freedom of GODDARD, MARY KATHERINE (Md.; CC:Vol. 4, 553n), 328 GOVERNMENT, DEBATE OVER NATURE OF: federal republic supported, 3, 64-65n, 217; Constitution will create consoli- dated government, 5, 49, 53, 64n-65n, 185, 238, 275, 333, 342; America will show that man can govern himself, 15, 184, 233-34, 264, 272, 273, 293, 320, 359, 386; Constitution called a revolu- tion, 15, 233, 293, 333-34, 345, 345n, 355, 387, 392; Constitution will not im- mediately establish vigorous govern- ment, 16-17; Americans believe they can be free without government, 17; good constitution obtainable only through succession of bloody revolu- tions or powerful rule of a person, 19- 20; Constitution not a representative government, 47; opposition to general government for America, 59; difficulty of applying general rules to all parts of a federal government, 120, 121; only general principles of can be relied on rather than specific constitutional pro- tections, 126; Constitution is best form for U.S., 139; need for permanent, ef- ficient national government, 143, 161, 178, 185, 223, 272, 324-25n, 358, 359, 361, 386, 403n; power is not achieved by unanimous consent but by genius and luck, 145; party spirit almost indefati- gable in democracy, 151; description of stages of American society, 170; because powers can be abused is no reason not to grant them, 180; Constitution makes states a nation, 214; continual effort to establish stability and order from chaos, 233; great revolutions of antiquity were mad, tumultuous actions, 237; revolu- tions in government usually exchange one tyrant for another, 238; Constitu- tion will bring stability and replace lib- ertinism of youthful U.S., 239; criticism of too much dependence on those in power, 240; effectiveness of depends on virtue of people in elections, 245-46; best understood at time of American Revolution, 249-50; Americans most aware of study of government, 252; peo- ple are husbands and constitutions are wives, 258-59; voice of people is not voice of God, 329; "A Native of Bos- ton's" ideas of best government, 329- 30; The Federalist touches on primary is- sues concerning, 352; difficulty of united unequal states in confederacies, 357; new Constitution creates a federal government, 384 - attributes of: right of legislation by peo- ple is foundation of free government, 42; force and opinion are the only two ways to govern man, 75; power must be given so that it will not be abused, 75; republican government cannot exist over large territory, 75-76; confeder- ated republic necessary for large terri- tory, 76; liberty yields to government, 81; a constitution described as funda- mental law, 89, 103-4; judiciary neces- sary in limited constitution, 89-91; all power derived from people, 90, 180, 201, 314; republican governments can exist over large territory, 132-33; must trust representatives with powers for vi- able government, 181; despite quality of government much depends on individ- ual exertion, 210; Constitution creates government of laws and not men, 234; checks and balances in compared to bal- 430
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