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Journal of No. 118


December 5th, 2010

Out of the mouths of Constitutional Conventioneers @ 10:42 am

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From Madison's notes of May 31, 1787.

"Mr. GERRY [of gerrymander fame, I presume]: The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want [i.e. lack] virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots. In Massts. it had been fully confirmed by experience that they are daily misled into the most baneful measures and opinions by the false reports circulated by designing men, and which no one on the spot can refute."
 
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 6th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
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I've seen his house in Kingsport Marblehead, Massachusetts. It's a shame he's only remembered because of the term "gerrymander" since he was a signer of the Declaration, a governor of Massachusetts, and a vice president.

Donovan

Journal of No. 118