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On July 4th, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, two of our Founding Father’s passed away. In New England, John Adams passed away, while in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson died.
In my email today, I received what is labeled as Jefferson’s last letter:
Thomas Jefferson to Roger C. Weightman
from America’s Right:
In today’s Inquirer is the story of how a researcher looking through documents in the reading room at the Historical Society of Philadelphia stumbled upon an early draft of the United States Constitution.
On the back of a treasured draft of the U.S. Constitution was a truncated version of the same document, starting with the familiar words: “We The People. . . .”
They had been scribbled upside down by one of the Constitution’s framers, James Wilson, in the summer of 1787. The cursive continued, then abruptly stopped, as if pages were missing.
A mystery, Toler thought, until she examined other Wilson papers from the Historical Society’s vault in Philadelphia and found what appeared to be the rest of the draft, titled “The Continuation of the Scheme.”
Anyone concerned, for example, about possible ambiguity with regard to the individual right preserved by the words “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” can look to John Adams’ A Defense of the Constitution, in which he wrote that “[a]rms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion … in private self-defense,” or James Madison’s note that the Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … [where] the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
Nevertheless, that an early draft of the United States Constitution, in James Wilson’s own handwriting no less, has been just stumbled upon here in Philadelphia only reaffirms what the City of Brotherly Love does well and what it unfortunately does even better — remind us of what happened during the time of our nation’s founding, and remind us of how far we’ve fallen from those ideas and ideals set forth by our founders.
For full post: http://americasright.com/?p=2935