The United States Review Volume 36

The United States Review Volume 36

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...The committee, however, left nothing to the discretion of the legislature; they specified the manner in which this legislature should encourage these branches of the useful arts, namely, by securing to ingenious men "the exclusive right to their respective discoveries." Agreeably then to the principles which we have already laid down, as to the interpretation of a written constitution, it follows, there being no power found among the enumerated powers of Congress to warrant legislation on the subject of manufactures, and it being apparent that it is not "necessary and proper" to carry into execution any of the foregoing powers, that this power can not be constitutionally exercised by that body. It now only remains for us to examine into the motives of the authors of the Constitution, when they rejected the subject of manufactures, though so often proposed, to be fully satisfied with their conduct. As the new government could be organized only upon principles of perfect reciprocity, it was early perceived, that without an ample share of this spirit pervading the contracting parties all attempts to organize a general government would prove abortive. It was evident that while such a spirit pervaded the representatives of the different States, convened in convention, the proposition to invest the proposed government with a power to protect a branch of industry which involved the interest but of one half of the States, must necessarily have received but little encouragement from that body. Being, therefore, a local interest, it is not surprising that it was not deemed worthy of the consideration of those who were convened to organize a general government for general purposes, consigning all matters of local import more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682282X
  • 9781236822826