Alexander Hamilton Papers

New York Ratifying Convention. Remarks, [26 June 1788]

New York Ratifying Convention. Remarks1

[Poughkeepsie, New York, June 26, 1788]

Mr Hamilton—This matter was fully debated in the Convention and left ⟨–⟩. It will not be strenuously insisted on either side.2

John McKesson MS Notes, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1There is no record of this statement by H in any of the other accounts of the debates of June 26.

2H’s statement followed these remarks by John Lansing, Jr.:

“It appears that this Clause was intended to prevent the Executive from having or obtaining an undue Influence over members of the Legislature.

“The Clause is ineffectual. The Executive must nominate.

“The Honor of Seats. The Power in senate. The power in both Houses will be sufficient Inducemts. to Gent. to serve.

“It was also provided that no person a Represent in the Genl Govt should hold any state office but that has been struck out.

“Mr. Lansing moved the followg amendmt.

“‘No Senator or Representative shall during the Time for which he was elected be appointed to any office under the Authority of the united States, and no person holding any office under the united States Shall be a member of either House during his Continuance in office.’

“N.B. This Amendmt. made by striking out Civil and the words which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall been encreased during such time.” (John McKesson MS Notes, New-York Historical Society.)

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