Excerpt from Thoughts for the Times: Addressed to the Considerate People of the Northern States
It is not to be doubted that there was a strong wish for a Federal Union, for its necessity was Obvious to all; while at the same time, aware of the importance of pre serving protection for themselves individually, under a home authority in their several States, they were not disposed to surrender their State authority one iota beyond what was indispensable to form a Federal Union; and as no man desired an empire or kingdom to be composed of all the States, under a single authority, they resolved on a delegation Of a portion of their authority for the establishment of a new, limited, and clearly defined general sovereignty.
It is plain that the work before them of satisfactorily adjusting the boundaries between sovereignty granted, and sovereignty reserved, was alike delicate, and dith cult Of execution, especially as they had no precedents to guide them. In the spirit of compromise (for our fathers truly loved their country) they framed the Federal Constitution, as it existed before any amend ment was made to it, and it was submitted to the several States. History shall tell us the results.
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