The Life of Roger Sherman by Lewis Henry BoutellThe Life of Roger Sherman by Lewis Henry Boutell

The Life of Roger Sherman

byLewis Henry Boutell

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. i. Correspondence Between John Adams And Roger Sherman On The Constitution. John Adams to Roger Sherman. Richmond Hill, (new York,) 17 July, 1789. Dear Sir, -- I read over, with pleasure, your observations on the new federal constitution, and am glad to find an opportunity to communicate to you my opinion of some parts of them. It is by a free and amicable intercourse of sentiments, that the friends of our country may hope for such a unanimity of opinion and such a concert "of exertions, as may sooner or later produce the blessings of good government. You say, " It is by some objected that the executive is blended with the legislature, and that those powers ought to be entirely distinct and unconnected. But is not that a gross error in politics? The united wisdom and various interests of a nation should be combined in framing the laws by which all are to be governed and protected, though it should not be convenient to have them executed by the whole legislature. The supreme executive in Great Britain is one branch of the legislature, and has a negative on all the laws; perhaps that is an extreme not to be imitated by a republic; but the negative vested in the president by the new constitution on the acts of congress, and the consequent revision, may be very useful to prevent laws being passed without mature deliberation, and to preserve stability in the administration of government; and the concurrence of the senate in the appointment to office will strengthen the hands of the executive, and secure the confidence of the people much better than a select council, and will be less expensive." Is it, then, "an extreme not to be imitated by a republic," to make the supreme executive a branch of the legislature, and give it a negative on all the laws? If you...
Title:The Life of Roger ShermanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217595987

ISBN - 13:9780217595988