Deficiencies of the Confederation - Washington to Jay

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Unformatted text preview: Deficiencies of the Confederation CHAPTER 5 | Document 11 George Washington to John Jay 1 Aug. 1786 Writings 28:502--3 Your sentiments, that our affairs are drawing rapidly to a crisis, accord with my own. What the event will be, is also beyond the reach of my foresight. We have errors to correct; we have probably had too good an opinion of human nature in forming our confederation. Experience has taught us, that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good, without the intervention of a coercive power. I do not conceive we can exist long as a nation without having lodged some where a power, which will pervade the whole Union in as energetic a manner, as the authority of the State Governments extends over the several States. To be fearful of investing Congress, constituted as that body is, with ample authorities for national purposes, appears to me the very climax of popular absurdity and madness. Could Congress exert them for the detriment of the public, to me the very climax of popular absurdity and madness....
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course POLITICAL 331 taught by Professor Yenor during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.

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