Re: [alabamahistory] FW: ANB - Bio of the Day [Clement C. Clay]
- In a message dated 5/28/04 3:26:05 PM Central Daylight Time, a.j.wright@... writes:
Clay believed the national government was "a confederation,
not a consolidation, a union, not a nation" (Nuermberger, p.
According to Commentaries on the Constitution (Vol. III, p.287), Alexander Hamilton said, "The attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every State in the Union."
James Wilson of Pennsylvania said, "The thirteen States are thirteen sovereignties."
Governor Morris said, "Each State enjoys sovereign power."
Oliver Ellsworth said, "The thirteen States are thirteen sovereign bodies."
Daniel Webster said, "The States are Nations."
All of these men, except Daniel Webster, were delegates to the Constitutional Convention.