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The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy (Cambridge, U.K., 1989) just might be the wisest book of all. The quotation is from McCoy, Last of the Fathers , xiii. 31. This paragraph is heavily indebted to my earlier sketch of Madison’s character in Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (New York, 2000), 53–54. 32. JM to Edmund Randolph, 11 March 1783, MP 6:327. 33. JM to Richard Henry Lee, 25 December 1784, MP 8:201. 34. JM to James Monroe, 7 August 1785, MP 8:333–36. 35. JM to James Monroe, 9 April 1786, MP 9:25–26. 36. Notes on Debates, 19 February–26 April 1787, MP 1:275–76. 37. GW to TJ, 30 May 1787, PWCS 5:208. CHAPTER 5: MADISON’S MOMENT 1. My interpretation of Madison’s way of thinking has been most influenced by Marvin Meyers, ed., The Mind of the Founder: The Political Thought of James Madison (Hanover, N.H., and London, 1981); Richard Brookhiser, James Madison (New York, 2011); and Drew R. McCoy, The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy (Cambridge, U.K., 1989). 2. JM to GW, 16 April 1787, MP 9:383. 3. JM to Edmund Randolph, 8 April 1787, MP 9:368. 4. Ibid., 370. See also JM to TJ, 15 March 1787, MP 9:317–22. 5. JM to Edmund Randolph, MP 9:369, 371. 6. For Madison’s surveys of the state delegations, see JM to Edmund Randolph, 11 March 1787, MP 9:307–8; JM to GW, 18 March 1787, MP 9:314–17. For the futile effort by Hamilton to enlarge the New York delegation, see “Remarks on a Motion that Five Delegates be Appointed to the Constitutional Convention,” 16 April 1787, HP 4:148.
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7. See, for example, Douglass Adair’s critique of Beard in Trevor Colbourn, ed., Fame and the Founding Fathers: Essays by Douglass Adair (New York, 1974), 3–26. 8. “Notes on Ancient and Modern Confederacies,” April–June, 1786, MP 9:3–24. 9. “Vices of the Political System of the United States,” MP 9:345–58. 10. Ibid., 354–55. See also David C. Hendrickson, Peace Pact: The Lost World of the American Founding (Lawrence, Kan., 2003), 211–19. 11. On the question of what representation meant for the revolutionary generation, see two books by Edmund S. Morgan, The Stamp Act Crisis (Chapel Hill, N.C., 1953), and Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America (New York, 1988). 12. “Vices of the Political System of the United States,” MP 9:357–58. 13. In his skeptical attitude toward unbridled democracy, Madison was a typical late-eighteenth-century thinker. It is possible to discover the roots of democracy in the revolutionary era, and Gordon Wood has done so with considerable sophistication in The Radicalism of the American Revolution (New York, 1992). But I would argue that the world of the founders remained decisively predemocratic, and that Madison’s analysis of state governments in the 1780s was a clear expression of those predemocratic values. 14. MP 9:357–59. 15. The scholarly literature on this subject is substantial, best synthesized in Larry D. Kramer, “Madison’s Audience,” Harvard Law Review 112 (January 1999): 611–99. See also Douglass Adair’s seminal essay “ ‘That Politics May be Reduced to a Science’: David Hume, James Madison, and the Tenth Federalist,” in Colbourn, Fame and the Founding Fathers , 107–23.
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