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Friends of the Constitution : writings of the "other" Federalists, 1787-1788
Sheehan, Colleen A.
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Indianapolis : Liberty Fund, [1998]

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l, 523 pages ; 24 cm

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Though The Federalist Papers are rightly renowned as a primary exposition of the principles and purposes of the proposed United States Constitution, there were many writers other than John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton who in 1787 and 1788 argued for the Constitution's ratification. Indeed, as Herbert J. Storing, Jr. once observed, "[t]hese 'other' Federalist writings carried the main burden of the public defense of the proposed Constitution . . . [and] several of them were vastly more influential than The Federalist ." In a collection that is certain to make a major contribution to our understanding of the American Founding, Friends of the Constitution brings together forty-nine of the most important of these "other" Federalists' writings. Included are the original texts of pamphlets, speeches, and other pro-ratification writings of George Washington, Benjamin Rush, Nicholas Collin, John Dickinson, James Wilson, Tench Coxe, Benjamin Franklin, Noah Webster, Roger Sherman, Fisher Ames, Peletiah Webster, Samuel Tenny, Stephen Hopkins, Oliver Ellsworth, and David Ramsay. Separately they address the underlying themes of the historic Federalist-Anti-Federalist debate: "The Necessity of Union," "Energetic but Limited Government," and "Popular Government and Civic Virtue." The text includes Storing's important assessment of these writings, and the volume includes citations to Storing's monumental seven-volume Complete Anti-Federalist .

Colleen A. Sheehan is a Professor of Political Science at Villanova Univeristy.

Gary L McDowell is Director of the Institute for United States Studies at the University of London.

Table of Contents

Herbert J. StoringBenjamin RushJames WilsonJames WilsonBenjamin FranklinFisher AmesJames WilsonJames WilsonHugh WilliamsonJames WilsonBenjamin Franklin
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Editors' Notep. xix
Introduction: "The 'Other' Federalist Papers: A Preliminary Sketch"p. xxi
Prologue: "Address to the People of the United States"p. 1
The Necessity of Union
Introductionp. 9
George Washington, Circular to the Statesp. 12
"A Pennsylvania Farmer," Essayp. 23
"Monitor," Essayp. 26
"Common Sense," Essayp. 30
"Philodemos," Essayp. 32
"A Federalist," Essayp. 36
"A Foreign Spectator" [Nicholas Collin], "An Essay on the Means of Promoting Federal Sentiments in the United States": XXIV, XXV, XXVIIIp. 44
"Fabius" [John Dickinson], The Letters: I-IIIp. 57
Speech, Pennsylvania Convention, 24 November 1787p. 71
"A Freeman" [Tench Coxe], Essays: I-IIIp. 88
Speech, State House, 6 October 1787p. 102
"Philo-Publius" [William Duer], Essays: I-IVp. 109
"State Soldier," Essays: I, II, Vp. 113
Letter from George Washington to Charles Carter, 14 December 1787, Extractp. 135
"A Citizen of New York" [John Jay], Addressp. 137
Speech by the Federal Convention, 17 September 1787p. 154
Energetic but Limited Government
Introductionp. 159
"Socius," Essayp. 164
"America" [Noah Webster], Essayp. 169
"A Countryman" [Roger Sherman], The Letters: IIp. 179
"A Citizen of Philadelphia" [Peletiah Webster], "The Weakness of Brutus Exposed"p. 183
Speech, Massachusetts Convention, 15 January 1788p. 196
Speech, Pennsylvania Convention, 4 December 1787, afternoonp. 201
"Fabius" [John Dickinson], The Letters: IV-VIp. 217
Speech, Pennsylvania Convention, 4 December 1787, morningp. 231
"Alfredus" [Samuel Tenny], Essay: Ip. 250
"An American Citizen" [Tench Coxe], "Thoughts on the Subject of Amendments": II-IIIp. 257
"A Citizen of New Haven" [Roger Sherman], The Letters: I-IIp. 263
"Remarks on the New Plan of Government"p. 272
"A Freeman," Essay to the People of Connecticutp. 282
"A Landholder" [Oliver Ellsworth], The Letters: I-V, VIIIp. 286
Popular Government and Civic Virtue
Introductionp. 311
"One of Four Thousand," Essayp. 316
"Caesar," The Letters: IIp. 322
"Atticus," Essays: I-IVp. 328
"Cato." Essayp. 345
"A Democratic Federalist," Essayp. 349
"Convention," Essayp. 355
"State Soldier," Essays: III-IVp. 358
"A Citizen of America" [Noah Webster], "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution,"p. 373
"A Foreign Spectator" [Nicholas Collin], "An Essay on the Means of Promoting Federal Sentiments in the United States": I, IV, VI, VII, X, XV, XX, XXI, XXIIIp. 406
"Crito" [Stephen Hopkins], Essay on the African Slave Tradep. 441
"Civis" [David Ramsay], "An Address to the Freemen of South Carolina on the Subject of the Federal Constitution"p. 450
"One of the People Called Quakers" in the State of Virginia, Essayp. 457
"An American Citizen" [Tench Coxe], "An Examination of the Constitution of the United States"p. 459
"Elihu," Essayp. 477
"A Landholder" [Oliver Ellsworth], The Letters: VII, XIIIp. 480
"Fabius" [John Dickinson], The Letters: VII-IXp. 487
Oration on the Fourth of July 1788p. 502
Epilogue: Remarks at the Closing of the Federal Convention, 17 September 1787p. 511
Indexp. 513