History of the United States of America, from the Discovery of the Continent - Vol. 6

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CHAPTER II.
THE LINGERING STATES.
1787 TO 2 AUGUST 1788.

“WHEN the constitution was referred to the states Hamilton revived a long-cherished plan, and, obtaining the aid of Jay and Madison, issued papers which he called The Federalist, to prepare all the states and the people for accepting the determinations of the federal convention. Of its eighty-five numbers, Jay wrote five, Madison twenty-nine, and Hamilton fiftyone.* They form a work of enduring interest, because they are

* Mr. Madison’s list of the authors of The Federalist :

Number 1 by A.H. No.2,J.J. No.3,J.J. No.4,J.J. No.5,J.J. No.6,A.H. No.7,A.H. No.8,A.H. No.9,A.H. No.10,J.M. No.11,A.H. No.12,A.H. No.13,A.H. No.14,J.M. No.16,A.H. No.16,A.H. No.17,A.H. No.18,J.M. No.19,J.M. No.20,J.M. No.21,A.H. No.22,A.H. No.23,A.H. No.24,A.H. No.25,A.H. No.26,A.H. No.27,A.H. No.28,A.H. No.29,A.H. No.30,A.H. No.31,A.H. No.32,A.H. No.33,A.H. No.34,A.H. No.35,A.H. No.36,A.H. No.37,J.M. No.38,J.M. No.39,J.M. No.40,J.M. No.41,J.M. No.42,J.M. No.43,J.M. No.44,J.M. No.45,J.M. No.46,J.M. No.47,J.M. No.48,J.M. No.49,J.M. No.50,J.M. No.51,J.M. No.52,J.M. No.53,J.M. No.54,J.M. No.55,J.M. No.56,J.M. No.57,J.M. No.58,J.M. No.59,A.H. No.60,A.H. No.61,A.H. No.62,J.M. No.63,J.M. No.64,J.J. No.65,A.H. No.66,A.H. No.67,A.H. No.68,A.H. No.69,A.H. No.70,A.H. No.71,A.H. No.72,A.H. No.73,A.H. No.74,A.H. No.75,A.H. No.76,A.H. No.77,A.H. No.78,A.H. No.79,A.H. No.80,A.H., and to the end.

Note in Mr. Madison’s own hand.

“No. 18 is attributed to Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Madison jointly. A. H. had drawn up something on the subjects of this (No. 18) and the two next Nos. (19 and 20). On finding that J. M. was engaged in them with larger materials, and with a view to a more precise delineation, he put what he had written into the hands of J. M. It is possible, though not recollected, that something in the draught may have been incorporated into the numbers as printed. But it was certainly not of a nature or amount to affect the impression left on the mind of

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