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The First Presidential Veto, 3–5 April 1792

From: Washington Papers | Presidential Series | Volume 10 | The First Presidential Veto, 3–5 April 1792

The opinion of the Secretary of State declares the bill unconstitutional—for it does not apportion the Representatives among the states strictly according to their numbers. It provides for fractions—which the Constitution never intended. It leaves the dertermination of apportioning the Representatives without any fixed principle—which may hereafter be productive of great evil, and admits of...