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‘Founders Corner’

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

John Adams: There’s a Divinity that Shapes Our Ends

LIBERTY LETTERS, 1776 Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the "Voice of the Declaration," arose and stirred the hearts of his countrymen with these immortal words: Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the [...]

Federalist Papers No. 80, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 80, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, June 21, 1788 Judicial Powers and Jurisdiction TO JUDGE with accuracy of the proper extent of the federal judicature, it will be necessary to consider, in the first place, what are its proper objects. It seems scarcely to admit of controversy, that the judicary authority of the [...]

Federalist Papers No. 79, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 79, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS The Judiciary Continued NEXT to permanency in office, nothing can contribute more to the independence of the judges than a fixed provision for their support. The remark made in relation to the President is equally applicable here. In the general course of human nature, a power over a man's subsistence [...]

Federalist Papers, No. 3, John Jay

Federalist Papers, No. 3, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS November 3, 1787 Plea for Union Continued IT IS not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the Americans, intelligent and well-informed) seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests. That consideration naturally tends to create [...]

Federalist Papers, No. 2, John Jay

Federalist Papers, No. 2, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, October 31, 1787 Plea for Union WHEN the people of America reflect that they are now called upon to decide a question, which, in its consequences, must prove one of the most important that ever engaged their attention, the propriety of their taking a very comprehensive, as well as a very [...]

Federalist Papers, No. 1: Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers, No. 1: Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Saturday, October 27, 1787 General Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences [...]

Blackstone: Of the People, Whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives

Blackstone: Of the People, Whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 10 1765-1769 HAVING, in the eight preceding chapters, treated of persons as they stand in the public relations of magistrates, I now proceed to consider such persons as fall under the denomination of the people. And herein all the inferior [...]

Federalist Papers No. 78, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 78, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS June 14, 1788 The Judiciary Department WE PROCEED now to an examination of the judiciary department of the proposed government. In unfolding the defects of the existing Confederation, the utility and necessity of a federal judicature have been clearly pointed out. It is the less necessary to recapitulate the [...]

Blackstone: Of Subordinate Magistrates

Blackstone: Of Subordinate Magistrates

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 9 1765-1769 IN a former chapter of these commentaries1 we distinguished magistrates into two kinds; supreme, or those in whom the sovereign power of the state resides; and subordinate, or those who act in an inferior secondary [...]

The Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution

The Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: POLITICAL DOCUMENTS 1791 Amendment I Religious establishment prohibited, Freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and to petition. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; [...]

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