James Madison Papers

Power to Regulate the State Militia, [18 August] 1787

Power to Regulate the State Militia

[18 August 1787]

Mr. Madison thought the regulation of the Militia naturally appertaining to the authority charged with the public defence. It did not seem in its nature to be divisible between two distinct authorities. If the States would trust the Genl Govt. with a power over the public treasure, they would from the same consideration of necessity grant it the direction of the public force. Those who had a full view of the public situation wd. from a sense of the danger, guard agst. it: the States would not be separately impressed with the general situation, nor have the due confidence in the concurrent exertions of each other.1

Ms (DLC).

1JM interlined this sentence before Eppes copied the Debates.

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