New York Ratifying Convention. Second Speech of July 31
[Poughkeepsie, New York, July 3, 1788]
Mr. Hamilton—The word Impair an english word and means to weaken or Injure. This gives no Light, how far shall this weakening extend—Is it practicable so to State it as to prevent Litigation hereafter.
John McKesson MS Notes, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. H’s remarks were made in reply to Samuel Jones, who asked: “What is the Extent of the word Impair” in the clause of the Constitution providing that no state shall pass any “Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts”?